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 safety Sharrod Neasman:
What he did:
With a few injuries at the safety position, Neasman has been working with the first unit and made a big play in the second joint practice with the Packers:
In 2-minute drill, Aaron Rodgers targeted Allen Lazard on 3rd-and-2 deep cross. His pass tips off Lazard’s hands in double coverage, deflects to Jets S Sharrod Neasman. Would have been a tough catch. Instead, a nifty souvenir for Neasman’s trip to Green Bay, intercepting the MVP.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) August 19, 2021
Neasman will probably start tomorrow's game and seems to have the inside track to be the third safety for the opener with Ashtyn Davis not expected back until week two.
The 29-year old has been making the most of his opportunities and got some first unit work with Lamarcus Joyner sidelined due to back spasms. Neasman has mainly been a special teamer during his career, but did start two games in Atlanta last year with current Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich having coached on that staff.
Hopefully he's a reliable option to fill in as a deep safety if required, but his main contributions to the roster this year may again come on special teams.
Neasman is by no means guaranteed a roster spot yet, but his chances are looking good and he should get another good chance to prove his worth in tomorrow's game.
More on Neasman:
Here's the in-depth scouting report on Neasman.