Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is doing his best to prepare for New York Jets training camp but will he do enough to earn a final roster spot?
As the New York Jets prepare for the upcoming season, training camp will illustrate a lot of intense competitions and players doing whatever it takes to prove their worth. At this point in time, wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is in a crowded situation with the Jets.
Being overstacked at the wide receiver position, Whitehead is alright on the outside looking in if he’s trying to earn a roster spot in the positional group. Ideally, he’s mostly known for his ability to be an average kickoff and punt returner.
Here’s Whitehead’s full profile as he prepares for training camp with the Jets.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
Whitehead missed all of last season due to an unfortunate broken foot injury. He’s been rehabbing ever since and will do his best to prove he still has the speed and ability to break tackles on special teams. He’ll have a fair shot to showcase his skills as so far in his career, he’s totaled 25.6 yards per kickoff return which is better than anyone the Jets have had in years at the position.
As a punt returner, it’s not his main strength as he’s only totaled 6.9 yards per return as it should also be noted that he’s yet to score a touchdown on special teams.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
If the Jets keep Whitehead on the final roster, he’ll likely be on special teams as a kickoff returner. He’d only fill in on offense if injuries or decline of play with the players ahead of him on the depth chart occur. Whitehead could double up on duties if he’s capable of being a threat returning the football in both aspects of special teams but if he’s kept, kickoff returns will be his main strength and contributions to the team.
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TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
It’s not easy coming back from a broken foot injury but don’t expect Whitehead to make the final roster of the Jets once training camp is in the books. Not only do they have other players that will likely be better with both kickoff and punt return duties but the Jets made sure to stock up on talent for competition. Whitehead has the odds against him as he won’t be able to separate himself from the bunch and will ultimately end up as a training camp casualty.