Three times in the last decade the Jets have used a Draft pick on a punt returner. Make no mistake. The team did not pick any of these players only because of their punt return skill. It was only part of the entire package.
Justin Miller, Kyle Wilson, and Jeremy Kerley were all supposed to breathe life into the punt return game. None was successful. Although Miller and Wilson were underperformers relative to their respective Draft positions, all three players carved out niches as useful players. Miller was a top notch kickoff returner. Wilson is a good nickel back, and Kerley is a quality slot receiver. The problem with punt returns has persisted. All there players, two of whom remain on the team, have looked lost running back punts.
Fourth round pick Jalen Saunders averaged 15 yards per return and ran three back for touchdowns in college. What do you think? Can he finally break the hex that has been over this team drafting punt returners?