NY Jets: 4 best-kept secrets on the team's current roster

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NY Jets, John Franklin-Myers
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3. John Franklin-Myers, DE, NY Jets

Ty Johnson isn't the only former waiver-wire pickup who has found considerable success with the Jets. General manager Joe Douglas also found a gem in former Los Angeles Rams draft pick John Franklin-Myers.

The Jets originally claimed Franklin-Myers off waivers in September of 2019, but he failed to play a single game with the team that season due to an injury.

Instead, he began to make waves in 2020 training camp and made the roster despite being considered a bit of an underdog. It was clearly the right decision.

Franklin-Myers became a key piece of the defensive line rotation before long, playing 44 percent of defensive snaps on the year. He finished with three sacks, 13 QB hits, and five tackles for loss in 15 games and was one of the team's best overall pass-rushers.

In fact, the only player under the age of 25 to generate more pressures in 2020 than Franklin-Myers was Brian Burns of the Carolina Panthers. Franklin-Myers' 55 pressures were eighth among all interior defensive linemen in the NFL.

His 76.4 Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade was good for 18th-best at his position out of 111 qualifiers. Simply put, he was one of the most efficient interior pass rushers in football.

Franklin-Myers will return in 2021 as part of a revamped defensive line rotation and perhaps he could receive a bit more notoriety under the tutelage of Robert Saleh.