Jets Positional Analysis: Special Teams
Third article of the day, but hey training camp starts this week so it is time to step up. Of course since I mentioned the Yankees potentially having the best record in baseball, they are losing 6-1. Anyway, here is my next to last positional analysis (still have inside linebackers, which I will get to before Friday morning). Tomorrow I am planning to look at some under the radar players in training camp and I got a few other article ideas to get up before daily coverage of training camp starts at the end of the week.
Jay Feely #3, Kicker, Last Season: 24/28 Field Goals (2/2 50+ yards, 4/5 40-49 yards) 39/39 PAT’s
History: Political commentator, twitter enthusiast, and weight-room fanatic, Jay Feely became the Jets kicker in week 2 last season after Mike “Second Round Pick?!” Nugent was hurt. As you can tell from the numbers, he had a pretty good season which earned him a new contract with the Jets. Feely hit his two most clutch kicks last season, a game winner against the Patriots and a 50+ yarder that sent Oakland into overtime. He has decent length on kickoffs and didn’t struggle with the Meadowlands winds.
Chance of Making Roster: 100%
Best Case Scenario for 2009: Feely has a similar season to last year and hits his clutch kicks, while Mike Nugent is booting kickoffs to the 20 yard line in the UFL.
Worst Case Scenario for 2009: Feely misses too many FG’s, gets cut week 3 and joins the FOX News staff.
Prediction: I don’t see any reason why Feely can’t be a productive kicker for the Jets this season.
Reggie Hodges #5, Punter, Last Season: Average Yard Per Punt 42.8 yards, 14 Punts Inside the 20, 6 Touchbacks
Chance of Making Roster: 50%
Best Case Scenario for 2009: Hodges is a good punter for the Jets…what else can I say?
Worst Case Scenario for 2009: He gets beat out in training camp and is cut.
Prediction: I am going with the rookie in his punting battle royale, meaning Hodges will join Nugent and Brooks Bollinger in the UFL.
T.J. Conley #9, Punter, Rookie
History: A UDFA out of Idaho, who had the highest net average of all college punters last season.
Chance of Making Roster: 50%
Best Case Scenario for 2009: He wins the job and becomes a punting prodigy.
Worst Case Scenario for 2009: He gets cut, meaning nobody has my number on the Jets.
Prediction: Maybe it’s just because I like his number, but I am picking Conley to win this punting job…bold stuff, I know.
The Other Guys:
Long Snapper: James Dearth – One of the best in the business.
Kick Returner: Leon Washington – One of the best in the business.
Punt Returner: Jim Leonhard – Will take pressure off Washington and did a good job returning for the Ravens last season.
Overall Position Analysis: I always feel good about this group because Mike Westhoff is in charge and he is a hall of famer. Punter could obviously be a position of concern, though.
Jets Special Teams Highlight: Leon Washington is gone.