In a new occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an impact at camp. Today, we focus on Ben Braden.
What he did:
Ben Braden working with first team at right guard. Spelling Brian Winters. #Jetsv— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 1, 2018
The Jets then immediately went on a nine-play scoring drive that culminated in an Isaiah Crowell touchdown run behind what was described by the Athletic's Connor Hughes as "tremendous blocking from the offensive line".
Where he came from:
Braden spent all of last year on the practice squad after having been signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 draft.
Braden played in all four preseason games, seeing action at right guard and right tackle. He gave up two sacks, but didn't have any penalties and graded out positively as a run blocker.
Last year's bench is still intact, but the likes of Travis Swanson and Antonio Garcia are expected to compete for a roster spot. Since the Jets kept him on the practice squad all year, that's a good sign that Braden was developing well, so perhaps he has a shot at moving ahead of the likes of Dakota Dozier and Ben Ijalana to earn a spot on the active roster. If not, he's still practice squad eligible.
More on Braden:
Here's our in-depth scouting report on Braden.