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Jets Get WR/KR Quadree Henderson on Waivers from Giants

Had 6 Kick Return Touchdowns in 2016-17 Seasons with Pitt Panthers

New York Giants wide receiver Quadree Henderson (15) avoids a tackle by Washington Redskins wide receiver Jehu Chesson (16) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Jets have acquired wide receiver/kick returner Quadree Henderson from the Giants.

Henderson (5'8", 190) put up some modest numbers in a limited engagement with the Giants as an undrafted rookie last season, averaging 7.6 yards on nine punt returners and 22.4 yards on five kickoff returns. He was on the field for 26 special teams plays in his five games with the Giants but got no offensive snaps.

He was originally signed by Pittsburgh after the 2018 NFL Draft and was a final cut by the Steelers on Sept. 1. He was signed by the Giants to their practice squad on Oct. 4 and had two stints on the P-squad and on their active roster before he went on Injured Reserve on Nov. 26 with a shoulder injury. He was waived by the Giants this week.

What brought Henderson to the Steelers' attention and no doubt intrigued the Jets this year was his dynamic returning for the University of Pittsburgh. In his last three seasons for the Panthers, he averaged 13.4 yards on 37 punt returns and 26.6 on 73 kickoff returns and returned six kicks for touchdowns — an FBS-leading three KOs and a punt in '16 and an ACC-tops two punts in '17.

On offense at Pitt, he also had some nice numbers, averaging 9.1 yards on 98 rushes and 10.5 yards on 45 receptions. He scored six touchdowns, all in '16.

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