8. Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, NY Jets
Hamsah Nasirildeen entered the season as the team's starting WILL linebacker — high praise for a sixth-round pick who was starting at a position he had only played for a few months.
But after a couple of lackluster performances, the Jets replaced him with waiver-wire acquisition Quincy Williams. Nasirildeen hasn't played a single snap on defense since Week 2, despite the team's linebacker issues.
Still, he's been a regular special-teams contributor since returning from a midseason knee injury and is someone the Jets would love to develop for the future.
7. Jamien Sherwood, LB, NY Jets
Another converted linebacker, Jamien Sherwood began the year as a backup but soon found himself thrust into a starting role due to injuries.
Sherwood started four of his five games played before a torn Achilles cut his rookie season short. The former Auburn safety was mostly a liability in his limited action which was to be expected for a fifth-round rookie playing a new position.
Much like Nasirildeen, the Jets will continue to develop Sherwood next summer, although his injury could complicate matters.