The New York Jets need help when it comes to their specialist role at kickoff and punt returner. So far, rookie running back Trenton Cannon is showing off his speed early on in training camp.
It’s no secret that the New York Jets need a lot of help when it comes to their special teams. From blown tackles to missed assignments, it’s an area of opportunity for the Jets. When it comes to their kickoff and punt return situation, that’s another area the Jets have immensely struggled in.
For years now, the Jets have been unable to find a high-quality kickoff and punt return that is capable of taking it to the house with blazing speed. Too many times a fair catch is called or some blunder happens, whether it’s a big loss of yards or a costly turnover. Ideally, the Jets are hoping to find a hidden gem at some point in training camp to be a definitive answer for their return game.
So far at the start of training camp, rookie running back Trent Cannon has been impressing many with his speed and ability to blast through the line of scrimmage for big yards. As confirmed by Rich Cimini of ESPN, Cannon is quickly making a name for himself.
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Considering how crowded the Jets running back situation is with Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, and Thomas Rawls, Cannon could also serve as the fourth option on the depth chart but make his mark elsewhere. To have such speed and quickness makes him a very good candidate to be a decent kickoff and punt returner.
If the Jets are able to coach and train him towards excelling in this role, he could finally bring that pop back on special teams. The Jets haven’t been able to find a solid return specialist that at the very least, can give their offense better field positioning, again, in a very long time.
If Cannon can drop some touchdowns on top of that, that would be the icing on the cake. Hopefully, Cannon continues to do well in training camp and gets more reps as a return specialist since he could finally fill one of the biggest voids on the team.