NY Jets: 5 players with the most to prove in 2021 training camp

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5. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets

With the recent news surrounding star safety Marcus Maye, Ashtyn Davis suddenly seems like one of the more important players on the roster.

But if he's to secure a long-term role on the team, he'll have to prove himself first.

The 68th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Davis had an up-and-down rookie season in which he started six of 10 games after taking over for the injured Bradley McDougald.

His time as a starter was filled with inconsistences as Davis finished with a poor 53.0 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked 80th out of 94 qualifying safeties.

Early growing pains were expected from the uber-athletic Davis, but he'll have to fare much better in 2021 if he's going to convince the Jets that he deserves a greater role.

The Jets went out and signed veteran Lamarcus Joyner in free agency and the former Rams and Raiders defensive back is expected to start opposite Maye at free safety.

Ideally, the Jets would love to see Davis push Joyner for playing time at some point during the season. But he'll have to first make a positive first impression on the new coaching staff.

That all starts in training camp as Ashtyn Davis will look to prove his worth this summer.