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 Derrick Jones.
What he did:
Jones has been the biggest surprise at camp this year, making a series of plays with the second unit. He has three interceptions along with another two plays where he intercepted the ball and but was ruled to have come down out of bounds. He also added a sack and deflected another pass that was intercepted by his teammate.
Where he came from:
Jones was the Jets' final pick in the 2017 draft but was regarded as a raw prospect who might take some time to develop. Although he spent most of last year on the inactive list, he did see action on special teams in three games.
The ultra-athletic 23-year old is long and lanky, but started making plays as camp was winding down last year and intercepted a pass in the final preseason game.
Right now the cornerback position is one where there's a couple of roster spots available and a realistic chance for a young player to step up and earn some rotational reps.
While veterans Trumaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne are expected to take on the lion's share of the workload, nobody else is a lock, although rookie Parry Nickerson is expected to be on the roster and has had a good camp so far. If Jones can keep up this pace, he has a real chance to become a contributor in 2018.
More on Jones:
Here's our in-depth scouting report on Jones.