Everyone knows that Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis are on the injured reserve and if they return to the Jets, could be major contributors again next season, but let’s revisit a few of the other players who are working to return to the field this coming offseason for the Jets.
Josh Mauga — The Jets are looking to find some new blood in the defensive rotation next season at the linebacker spot and Rex Ryan has watched Mauga move up from a core special teamer to time on the defense. Mauga might not have had the best performances at the start of the year, but then again most of the defense didn’t play that well in the first month of the season. Bart Scott might be willing to take a paycut to stick around next season, but Mauga might also be a player that the Jets continue to keep and grow his role based on some of the other work he’s done with the team in the past.
Isaiah Trufant — Trufant had a great showing in the matchup against the Patriots where he covered Wes Welker most of the game to good results. While Trufant is on the smaller side, Rex Ryan loves defensive backs he can trust
Josh Baker — Baker was one of the players that I thought might be a darkhorse contributor this season. Baker has had a long road to get to the NFL and was the victim of a terrible injury in the preseason against the Panthers. The Jets could have used a better lead blocker out of the backfield (Keller’s health, Conner’s flameout and Hilliard’s bad performances) and the Jets were slated to rely on more multiple tight end sets heading into the season. Sparano also has a penchant for using three backs and Baker’s “swiss army knife” skills could have been a big help. Baker might have had a shot to make a mark on the roster as an “F” Tight End. Still, Baker’s emergence during this past training camp is something for the Jets to consider as they move into 2013.