20. Brandon Shell

19. Jermaine Kearse

18. J.J. Wilcox

17. Nathan Shepherd

16. Isaiah Crowell

Newcomers in J.J. Wilcox, Nathan Shepherd and Isaiah Crowell dominate the 20-16 range and it’s interesting due to the idea all three of these guys may not start—or, will at least have to earn those starting spots this coming August.

Wilcox is the Jets talented third safety who’ll never start yet play a huge role in most sub-packages against multiple wideout sets. Shepherd must earn that starting interior spot alongside Leonard Williams in order to help free up the Big Cat. Whether he starts or not doesn’t matter. Crowell will find himself in a time-sharing situation with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.

At 20 and 19, respectively, returnees Brandon Shell and Jermaine Kearse represent solid NFL football players.


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