This Jets rookie defender is very instinctive

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The player is looking like a potential late-round steal.

In the Jets’ 27-0 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, rookie linebacker Zaire Barnes led Gang Green with eight tackles.

The second-highest total was four, by three different Jets.

Barnes has flashed throughout the summer in camp, and it’s carried over to the preseason games. He was second on the team in tackles with five in the Jets’ preseason opener against Cleveland.

A 2023 sixth-round pick out of Western Michigan, Barnes has a nose for the ball, consistently weaving through traffic to make tackles. A perfect example of this was in the third quarter in Charlotte, when he stopped Panthers running back Spencer Brown for a loss of three on a screen pass.

The Jets might have something here.