You can never forget about 1/3rd of the game. Let’s take a quick look at what the New York Jets special teams situation should look like this year:
Kicker – Nick Folk and Nick Novak are battling for the starting job. This is the type of contest that could go deep into the pre-season as Folk is far from having the job locked down. I am not sure either answer is a terrific one but at least we have seen Folk make it through a whole season in the Meadowlands being passably good. They still haven’t found a long term answer at this position.
Punter – TJ Conley is back in training camp for the third time and will now compete with Ben Graham 2.0, aka Chris Bryan. The lefty from Australia is already getting good reviews out of camp and seems to be the early frontrunner. Whomever the punter is, hopefully they know not to run the ball on 4th and know the shake-weight guy.
Return – On both punt and kick return, we should see some combination of Jeremy Kerley, Joe McKnight, Kyle Wilson, and Antonio Cromartie (just on kick returns). This probably won’t be sorted out until the end of the pre-season and could change throughout the year.
Coverage – No Brad Smith. No James Ihedigbo. No Lance Laury. No Drew Coleman. Look for players like Josh Mauga, Jamaal Westerman, Marquice Cole, and Emmanuel Cook to lead the way.