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Jets 2017 Report Card: Grading punter Lachlan Edwards

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Punter Lac Edwards #4 of the New York Jets punts the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Atlanta Falcons won 25-20. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Punter Lac Edwards #4 of the New York Jets punts the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Atlanta Falcons won 25-20. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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When it comes to punter Lachlan Edwards, he exceeded expectations last season with the New York Jets. Here’s his final grade based on 2017.

Don’t forget that punters deserve recognition, too. Such is the case for punter Lachlan Edwards of the New York Jets and the strong season he had in 2017. Punting is a big aspect of football since a good punter can nail opponent’s deep in their own territory to help their defense get better field positioning.

Edwards has one incredible leg as last season, he hit a whopping 70-yard punt which left Jets fans amazed at just how far he can punt it. Statistically, Edwards punted 94 times and totaled 4,378 yards with his booming leg. It’s a shame the Jets defense wasn’t able to click on all cylinders consistently since many times, Edwards did his part to put them in a good position to make a huge defensive stop.

The Jets are a rebuilding team but thanks to everything Edwards brings to the table, they should have a reliable punter for years to come. A 7th Round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, Edwards had a solid sophomore season and bounced back from his shaky rookie year to prove he’s more than capable to get the job done consistently.

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Edwards is confident and will only get better over time. Hopefully, the Jets can address other areas of the team to help the special team’s unit be something worth mentioning. So far, Edwards is a very good punter, kicker Chandler Catanzaro also excelled last season and now, all the Jets need to do in order to go for the trifecta is have a consistent returner in place to make everything fall into place.

It’s been so long, it’s hard to remember off the top of one’s head when the last time a Jets kickoff or punt returner actually returned one or the other for a touchdown. Special teams are very important in football and considering the Jets have their punting and kicking game accounted for, that’s all that is missing in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, Edwards is a player on the rise and should continue having success one punt at a time. At just 25-years-old, Edwards will only get better as he continues to progress.

2017 Grade: A+

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