New York Jets Special Teams Recap

Sean Walsh breaks down the New York Jets special teams situation

There are quite a few interesting pieces that New York Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer will have to work with in 2016. Let’s take a deeper look into the ST positions and what could/should play out in camp:

Punter

#4- Lac Edwards:

The first punter that will get a shot come preseason is the Jets 7th Round Draft pick (235th Overall) Lachlan Edwards from Sam Houston State who is 6’4 and 209lbs. He came out of Sam Houston with a fantastic career in terms both yards per punt (42.8) as well as having over 38% of his punts inside the 20.

#6- Tommy Hackett: 

Hackett is a two time Ray Guy Winner for Utah, who averaged 48 yards per punt in his senior year but it’s his directional punting that is his calling card. The native of Melbourne used the “Rugby Punt” which he angles the punts towards the sideline with incredible accuracy (45.9 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line and 22 percent of his punts inside the 10-yard line.)

Kicker

#2- Nick Folk

After coming from the Cowboys in 2010 to a ST’s unit under legendary coach Mike Westhoff it’s clear that Folk has turned himself into one of the better kickers in the NFL. He has hit 80% of his career FG’s including multiple game winners for the Jets. I expect him to be starting come 9/11 and hopefully can pick up his great form of 2014 again.

#8- Ross Martin

The Duke kicker from 2012-2015 was simply outstanding in his college career only missing one extra point and kicking at over 85% in three of his four seasons. While at Duke he set the school’s records in total points in a season in his senior year (120) as well as getting Senior Bowl selection so there is no doubt that he has talent with the thing standing out is his remarkable accuracy and reliability as a place kicker.

The concern for Martin is that he doesn’t possess a massive kicking leg and that shows in his KO stats where he only averaged 29% in touchbacks.

Punt & Kick Returners- 

This is a spot for Gang Green where the Jets definitely need to improve on and change with Both the Kick (Cromartie) and Punt (Kerley) are no longer at 1 Jets Drive. Saying that though both HC Todd Bowles and ST’s Coordinator Brant Boyer has made it clear that you can’t just be a return specialist and need to contribute in your natural position as well.

KR: #11- Jeremy Ross

Ross is a UDFA from the 2011 class who has made a career as being a sub package WR as well as a Return Specialist at 7 different teams around the league. He has had 77 punt returns and 66 kick returns in his career and has a solid career average of 11.2 yards per punt return and 25.1 yards per kick return making him a solid option as well having 39 Receptions for 469 yds and 2 TDs.

PR: #89 Jalin Marshall 

The rookie out of Ohio State is a great steal for the Jets as an UDFA, bringing great athleticism and speed. His two seasons at OSU, saw him compile 74 receptions and 11 touchdowns along with 175 rushing yards but most importantly he had 52 punt returns for 662 yards and a return TD.

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