In an occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an unexpected impact during camp or in the season. Today, we focus on wide receiver Braxton Berrios.
What he did:
With Jamison Crowder ruled out of Sunday's game, Adam Gase has confirmed that Berrios will take over as the team's slot receiver against the 49ers. The youngster didn't play a single snap in the season opener.
In last year's week three game against the Patriots, Berrios played 30 snaps in the slot with Jamison Crowder filling in for the injured Demaryius Thomas on the outside. Berrios caught his first two NFL passes on four targets including one for a first down.
Over the rest of the season, he never played more than 10 offensive snaps and he only made four more catches, although one - against the Raiders - popped for a 69-yard gain.
Jets fans should be familiar with Berrios because of his special teams contributions last season. He ended up ranked second in the NFL in average yards per punt return. However, he hasn't had many chances on offense so far with Crowder being a mainstay.
By all accounts, Berrios had a strong training camp and it would change perceptions about the Jets' depth at the wide receiver position if he could contribute well on Sunday. San Francisco has had a number of injuries at the cornerback positions, although their nickel back, K'Waun Williams, is healthy and will draw the assignment.
With Crowder absent, the Jets might also seek to run more multi-tight end packages than usual, to try and get their running game going and perhaps exploit a mismatch by putting Chris Herndon in the slot. However, there should still be plenty of opportunities for Berrios.
More on Berrios:
Here's the in-depth scouting report on Berrios.