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 Doug Middleton
What he did:
Middleton has been the starting safety with the unit throughout the first week of camp. While Marcus Maye remains atop the depth chart and will continue to do so, he has been held out of team sessions and Middleton has done a good job working with the starters. He also did this:
Doug Middleton just picked off Sam Darnold on his second throw during team drills. His other was incomplete.— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) July 30, 2018
Where he came from:
Middleton actually already spent some time on the Jets' active roster as an undrafted rookie out of Appalachian State in 2016. He saw action as a reserve safety and on special teams recording six tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback pressure in four games. He also scored a special teams touchdown.
However, he missed the entire 2017 season, after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in preseason. He had been working with the second unit and had played well in the first preseason game with two tackles and a pass break-up.
Middleton sticking with the first unit ahead of the likes of Terrence Brooks and JJ Wilcox is a good sign for this roster chances, especially with Rontez Miles expected to be on the PUP list until midseason. Should he make the team, Middleton figures to have a role on defense with Todd Bowles' propensity for running three and four-safety subpackages.
More on Middleton:
Here's the in-depth scouting report (via SNY) on Middleton.