2. Ashtyn Davis primed for a breakout season?
In the four OTA practices that were open to the media, no player has shined more than safety Ashtyn Davis. The former third-round pick is looking to finally make good on the potential that led him to be a top-70 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Davis has been flying all around the field on defense, showing more instincts and polish in coverage than he has in the past. He recorded interceptions in consecutive practices on Wednesday and Thursday including a highlight-reel one-handed grab that was perhaps the play of the spring so far.
It should be noted that the Jets exclusively practiced passing drills which does play more to Davis' strengths. The 25-year-old has been wildly inconsistent in run defense over his first two years in the league due in large part to his unrefined style of play.
The Jets knew they were drafting a developmental project when they chose Davis 68th overall three years ago. Unfortunately, his development has been stunted as a result of injuries and other misfortunes.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced him to miss out on spring practices as a rookie before a significant foot injury cut his first NFL campaign short. That same foot injury would cause him to be sidelined for all of training camp the following year.
Davis hasn't had a full offseason to grow and develop alongside his teammates to this point. The Jets are hoping that this extra development could unlock the potential the team once saw in him.
It's too early to suggest that a breakout year might be in the cards, but don't write Ashtyn Davis off just yet.