Rex Ryan Explains Why Jim Leonhard Is Off Punt Returns

Rex Ryan spoke yesterday about why Jeremy Kerley tops the depth chart at punt returner yesterday. Florio has the quotes.

"I’m not going to have Jim [Leonhard] do it, coming off the injury that he had," Ryan said, referring to a broken leg Leonhard suffered in practice prior to last season’s blowout loss to the Patriots.  "He wants to, but we drafted this young man to be a returner.  He’s exactly what we thought we were getting.  [Coach Mike Westhoff] really likes him and if Westy thinks he’s our best, then that’s what we’ll do.  Jim Leonhard, I don’t think that’s good business right there."

I never really thought Leonhard was all that elusive anyway. When the other team is trying to pin the Jets deep, and the return man is in likely fair catch territory, I do hope the team considers putting Leonhard or somebody else with good hands back there to play it safe.

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