NY Jets wideout Calvin Jackson has as good a shot as any to crack the team's final roster in 2022 and has been enjoying a great camp so far.
The undrafted rookie caught the game-winning touchdown in the Jets' preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, though he only recorded two catches for eight yards that game.
Yet Jackson arguably has more upside than fellow wideout Denzel Mims and could beat Mims out for a final 53-man spot. Whereas Mims may have run out of chances in New York, Jackson has been raising his stock week after week with solid camp performances.
Jackson is admittedly undersized compared to his peers (he stands at 5-foot-9), but he clearly impressed Jets coaches enough to earn an initial spot on the roster after the draft.
NY Jets may have found a young wideout gem in Calvin Jackson
Can Jackson take the next step and lock up a backup role before the start of the 2022 season?
Jackson finished his 2021 season at Washington State with a career-high 66 catches for 987 yards and seven touchdowns and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team. He spent some time at Independence Community College earlier where he put together two solid seasons.
At this point in his career, however, Jackson will be competing against receivers who have all enjoyed solid seasons in college. What sets Jackson apart from the rest?
During his time at Washington State, Jackson established himself as a downfield threat after moving into the slot and proved to be especially effective working down the seams and getting crucial yards after the catch.
He has sure hands (he recorded a 67 percent catch completion rate in 2021) and good route-running abilities, and despite his size, he can still beat defensive backs using his quickness and natural instincts.
The sky's the limit for Calvin Jackson right now, and he's making a strong case for himself to win a final roster spot on the Jets with his consistent camp performances and impactful in-game play.