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Brant Boyer Retained as Jets Special Teams Coordinator

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Updated Jan. 23, 2019

The Jets and head coach Adam Gase have announced that Brant Boyer will remain with the team as special teams coordinator.

Boyer is coming off a strong season in his third year of coaching the Green & White specialists. Two players — kick returner Andre Roberts and kicker Jason Myers — were selected for the Pro Bowl. Roberts is the first Jets returner to be named a league all-star in 10 years and Myers is the first placekicker to do it since Jim Turner reached the AFL All-Star Game after the 1968 and '69 seasons.

Roberts, also named to the NFL All-Pro first team, finished first in the NFL in punt-return average (14.1 yards/return) and second in kickoff-return average (29.4 yards/return), led the league with eight total returns of 50-plus yards, and was fifth in franchise history with 1,498 combined kick-return yards.

Myers broke the NFL record for most field goals of 55 yards or more in a season with five and the franchise record for most field goals in a game (7, vs. Indianapolis). He also shattered the Jets' marks for most kickoff touchbacks in a game and season, and equaled the franchise season field goal accuracy mark of 91.7% (on 33-of-36 kicking) set by Nick Folk in 2013.

Also, punter Lachlan Edwards continued his progress in his third season. He finished ninth in the NFL with a 45.9-yard gross punting average and 13th with a 40.8-yard net average, breaking the franchise record of 40.5 that he set in 2017.

And the Jets' kick-block units roared to life this season. Kevin Pierre-Louis had a partial punt block at Cleveland and a complete rejection at Tennessee for the team's first punt blocks since 2013. And in back-to-back games, Henry Anderson rejected a Titans extra point try — the Jets' first PAT block since 2009 — and a Bills field goal attempt — their first FG block since '12.

Three prominent independent platforms rated the Jets' overall special teams play high — Rick Gosselin in his annual special teams ratings and Football Outsiders ranked them first in the NFL while Pro Football Focus pegged them fifth.

Boyer has been a special teams authority for a long time. He cut his teeth as a player on the return and coverage teams with the Dolphins (1994), Jaguars (1995-2000) and Browns (2001-03). He signed with the Colts as special-teams assistant from 2012-15, working with All-Pro kickers Adam Vinatieri and Pat McAfee and establishing strong kick coverage for the Colts in 2015 before coming to the Jets and polishing kickers Nick Folk and Chandler Catanzaro before coaching Myers, who was signed this past August.

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