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Jets Wide Receivers on Special Teams

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The Jets will not have many roster spots open for wide receivers. Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, and Devin Smith are virtual locks to make the team. For the remaining spots, the ability to contribute on special teams will be a major part of the decision-making process.

Receivers five and lower on the depth chart are only going to play a minimal role in the passing game. The most wide receivers the Jets can put on the field at once is five. When they do that, the lineup will likely feature the top four guys listed above and Jace Amaro split out as a wide receiver. Even if a few players get hurt, five receivers is not a standard lineup. It will likely be used sparingly, and the lower depth chart players would not be primary options in the situations when it is used.

With that in mind, I did my best to dig into the pro and college track records of wide receivers who will be part of the camp competition for the Jets to see how much experience they have working on special teams.

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Quincy Enunwa

  • 1 kickoff return; 17 yards in college career

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Shaq Evans

  • 26 punt returns; 7.7 average in college career
  • 1 kickoff return; 22 yards in college career

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T.J. Graham
  • 7 special teams tackles for Jets in 2014; tied for third most on team (PFF)
  • 7 kick returns; 18.9 average in NFL career; long of 23
  • 137 kick returns; 23.0 average; 2 TDs in college career
  • 66 punt returns; 9.5 average; 2 TDs in college career
  • Most total kickoff return yards in ACC history
  • First team All ACC on special teams
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Saalim Hakim
  • 7 special teams tackles for Jets in 2014; tied for third most on team (PFF)
  • 13 kick returns; 21.5 average in NFL career
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Chris Owusu
  • 3 kick returns in NFL career; gains of 87, 51, and 15 yards respectively
  • 78 kick returns; 27.3 average; 3 TDs in college career
  • Led Pac 10 with 31.5 kick return average in 2009
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DeVier Posey
  • 4 special teams tackles for Houston in 2012 (PFF)
  • 1 kick return; 24 yards in college career
  • 4 punt returns; 2.3 average in college career
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Walter Powell
  • 8 kick returns; 29.1 average in NFL career
  • 12 punt returns; 4.0 average in NFL career
  • 34 kick returns;  27.9 average in college career
  • 36 punt returns; 13.7 average in college career
  • 10 special teams tackles in college career
  • Rated #1 punt returner in FCS by Phil Steele