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3 Jets Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season

By michael obermuller
The most important task in preseason will be figuring out who should surround Sam Darnold in the huddle in 2020.
The most important task in preseason will be figuring out who should surround Sam Darnold in the huddle in 2020. / Will Newton/Getty Images
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New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has now accomplished his first NFL free agency blitz and his first NFL Draft. What did we learn? Douglas loves offensive line, he wasn't kidding when he said he would protect franchise quarterback Sam Darnold, and the GM will not budge on his predetermined price-tag on a player.

There have been a lot of roster changes already. Aside from Jamison Crowder, the Jets are looking at entirely new starters at wide receiver with Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims and Josh Doctson on the outside. The cornerback crew could look very different as well with Pierre Desir, Bryce Hall and Quincy Wilson coming in. Here are some more starting jobs that might change in 2020.

3. Alex Lewis, LG

Alex Lewis was rewarded by being re-signed this Spring, but his starting job is not guaranteed.
Alex Lewis was rewarded by being re-signed this Spring, but his starting job is not guaranteed. / Al Bello/Getty Images

One of Joe Douglas' first acquisitions was actually trading for Alex Lewis last season, and the guard had a bounce-back year. Still, his caliber of play in the run game and his six penalties in 2019 could lead to a Lewis benching in 2020. The Jets have brought in a surplus of offensive linemen this offseason and have stated boldly that the best five linemen will play, no exceptions. With fourth-round draft pick Cameron Clark likely switching to left guard at the NFL level, Lewis better put up or he may sit down.

2. Brian Winters, RG

If Brian Winters does not win a starting job outright, he must be cut to save cap space.
If Brian Winters does not win a starting job outright, he must be cut to save cap space. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Jets offseason has been all about O-line. It isn't exciting, but it is crucial to being successful in the NFL. First-round pick Mekhi Becton will be the favorite at left tackle with free agent pickup George Fant the favorite on the right side (Chuma Edoga could have also made this list) and Connor McGovern taking over at center, but the guard positions are up for grabs. We already discussed Lewis, but Brian Winters has been feeling the heat all offseason with a 7.28 cap hit that could be wiped clean if he does not make the roster. Oh and by the way, the Jets also brought in veteran Greg Van Roten to compete at right guard.

1. Marcus Maye, FS

Marcus Maye has been a boom or bust playmaker for the Jets in his first three seasons.
Marcus Maye has been a boom or bust playmaker for the Jets in his first three seasons. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

There are a ton of questions about defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' alignment heading into 2020. The Jets have five or six viable middle linebackers and no starting-caliber edge players besides Jordan Jenkins and possibly draft pick Jabari Zuniga. Will one of those middle backers switch to an outside role, like former Baltimore Raven Patrick Onwuasor, or will the Jets employ a three safety look with Jamal Adams moving up into the box where he excels? If New York sticks with two safeties most downs, Marcus Maye's job could be in trouble. The fourth-year safety has battled with injuries and consistency during his tenure, and third round wiz kid Ashtyn Davis could take his starting job right out from under him.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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