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NY Jets: Ranking all 12 of the team's free-agent signings

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NY Jets, Lamarcus Joyner
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6. Tyler Kroft, TE, NY Jets

The Jets explored Jonnu Smith's market in free agency, but ultimately pulled out before pivoting to veteran blocking tight end Tyler Kroft.

Kroft spent the last two seasons in Buffalo after playing out his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. His receiving production has been modest over the last few years, but he has carved out a nice role as a capable blocking tight end.

He does have an opportunity to earn a larger role with the Jets given Chris Herndon's struggles. Kroft was even running with the first-team offense for much of minicamp.

This is one of those under-the-radar signings that could pay off for Gang Green. Whether as a starter or backup, expect Kroft to make an impact in 2021.

5. Lamarcus Joyner, S, NY Jets

Once seen as one of the better safeties in football, Lamarcus Joyner fell off a cliff as soon as he joined the Raiders in 2019. That was primarily due to the fact that the team asked him to play the role of nickel cornerback.

Joyner was a versatile playmaker with the Los Angeles Rams, but pigeonholed into a role that didn't suit him in las Vegas, he floundered.

The Jets have big plans for Joyner, however, who is expected to transition back to his natural free safety position as a day-one starter for New York.

If he can recapture some of the magic he had in Los Angeles, the Jets may have landed one of the steals of the free agency period.

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