NY Jets: Winners and losers from the 2021 preseason

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Loser: NY Jets health

As previously mentioned, the Jets' preseason did not come and go without any hiccups. Unfortunately, those hiccups came in the form of injuries.

First came the early news that safety Ashtyn Davis would miss the start of the season while working his way back from a 2020 foot injury. That was then followed by second-year guard Cameron Clark being placed on injured reserve with a scary neck injury, leaving his own future up in the air.

Then came the major losses to the starting lineup. Along the defensive line, both Lawson (Achilles) and Vinny Curry (blood disorder) would be ruled out the season. Therefore, leaving the defense even younger and more inexperienced. 

The Jets face a similar issue at linebacker too. Jarrad Davis, New York’s second-biggest defensive addition behind Lawson, is now out until the Jets' bye in Week 6 with an ankle injury. 

Similarly, the offensive line has had numerous issues that have prevented them from taking the field at the same time this offseason.

Stud left tackle Mekhi Becton is in the concussion protocol, right tackle George Fant missed time while on the COVID-19 list, and rookie guard Alijah Vera-Tucker has been dealing with a pectoral injury.

Others, such as second-round pick wide receiver Elijah Moore, backup quarterback Mike White, defensive end Ronald Blair, and as of Friday rookie cornerback Brandin Echols too have been banged up this preseason.

Injuries are the most unpredictable part of the game, and for the Jets, it is one they are now forced to cope with prior to the 2021 regular season.