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NY Jets: 4 players whose stock is falling following preseason Week 2

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NY Jets, Keelan Cole
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3. Keelan Cole, WR, NY Jets

When the Jets starting offense took the field on Saturday, there was one surprising omission. Aside from those who sat out with injuries, Jeff Smith's inclusion in the starting lineup likely raised a few eyebrows.

Mostly because Keelan Cole, a player who has been running almost exclusively with the first-team offense this summer, was healthy and active.

Cole found his way into the game in the second half working with the second and third-string receivers. That came as quite the surprise given how good he looked this spring.

But while Cole impressed during OTAs and minicamp, he's had a quite summer. And his placement on the depth chart in Saturday's game was a direct reflection of that.

It's tough to say where Cole fits into the Jets' plans in a healthy wide receiver rotation. The presumption was that he would be the starter on the outside opposite Corey Davis, but that might not be the case anymore.

Perhaps the Jets use Elijah Moore in that spot once he returns from injury. Cole's lackluster summer certainly hasn't done him any favors.

The Jets are still high on Cole, but he got the Denzel Mims treatment on Saturday. The coaching staff is making the wide receivers earn first-team reps.

And Cole will need a strong finish to the summer to regain his starting role.

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