3 Jets Already on the Chopping Block Before OTAs

As the New York Jets' OTAs are less than two weeks away, these three players have already found themselves on the chopping block.
WR Jason Brownlee is one of three Jets who are already on the chopping block.
WR Jason Brownlee is one of three Jets who are already on the chopping block. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2024 NFL offseason is flying by as we're already nearing the middle of May. It's only a matter of time before New York Jets fans finally get a preview of next year's roster as the franchise's organized team activities (OTAs) are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20.

There will be a lot of eyes on the Jets during their OTAs following an underwhelming 2023 campaign. If winning a Super Bowl is the main goal next season, you can bet that Robert Saleh's coaching staff will look for any opportunities to further strengthen the roster, especially if it means cutting the dead weight that's unlikely to contribute to winning games.

With that in mind, here are three Jets who are on the chopping block before OTAs begin.

1. Jason Brownlee, WR

After going unselected at the 2023 NFL Draft, wide receiver Jason Brownlee joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent last May. He was coming off a solid three-year run at Southern Mississippi that saw him rack up 135 receptions for 2,144 yards and 21 touchdowns across 35 games.

Unfortunately, Brownlee didn't make much of an impact as a rookie. After being inactive in the Jets' first six games, the former Golden Eagle played in seven of the team's final 10 outings (5 starts), tallying 56 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

Furthermore, his 47.7 offensive grade on Pro Football Focus ranked second-worst among 128 eligible receivers last season.

Even though he had to deal with Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle throwing him the ball, Brownlee's performance was nothing short of disappointing. Yes, expectations were low due to him being undrafted, but it's still disappointing when a wideout fails to produce despite playing anywhere between 82% and 98% of offensive snaps in four of his final five games.

Unfortunately for him, Brownlee has more competition to deal with this offseason. In addition to the likes of Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, and Xavier Gipson returning, he'll have to compete against rookie standout Malachi Corley and two-time 1,000-yard WR Mike Williams.