As the New York Jets prepare for their final six games of the regular season, they need help bad when it comes to special teams. Hopefully, Lucky Whitehead can solve their woes.
When it comes to the special team’s situation of the New York Jets, it’s once again an area of opportunity. The concept is simple in the grand scheme of things. If a team has a decent return game from their kickoff and/or punt returner, it helps give them better field positioning.
A short football field to work with not only helps an offense get the job of scoring points done easier but even if they don’t score, still puts their defense in a better situation to make a big stop. Unfortunately for the Jets, they haven’t had any consistency in their return game and have yet to score a touchdown from their special team’s unit.
Their kickoff returns have only totaled 396 yards so far this season. Their punt returns have only totaled just 131 yards. The Jets knew they had to address this problem which is why they signed wide receiver Lucky Whitehead to their practice squad earlier this week.
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Head coach Todd Bowles knows that Whitehead has the abilities needed to not only bring a nice jolt to that aspect of the team but hopefully, finally bring one to the house.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles had to say about Whitehead’s return to the team:
On decision to sign Lucky Whitehead to the practice squad…
Just somebody we liked early on. As he’s getting closer to getting healthy, we wanted to make sure nobody else got him and we got a look at him. So, we signed him back.
On if Whitehead is still a few weeks away from being healthy…
Maybe a week or so.
While Whitehead isn’t playing this upcoming Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, hopefully, he’ll be ready in Week 13 when the Jets face the Kansas City Chiefs at home in MetLife Stadium. Whitehead brings a lot of speed to the table and would bring a nice dynamic to a special team’s unit that desperately needs it.
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If the Jets plan to make a serious run to the NFL Playoffs, they can’t afford to lose a single football game from here on out. If Whitehead can come back next week healthy and ready to be a difference-maker on special teams, it could very well bring just the kind of surge the Jets need to continue pushing the envelope this season.