Similar to last year, there's a kicking competition as Ross Martin and Chandler Catanzaro will battle throughout training camp and the preseason. Lachlan Edwards is currently the only punter on the roster and returner role is wide open.
In the SpotlightThe Australia native Edwards will most likely be the punter Week 1 of the regular season. Like most rookies, he endured his share of highs and lows throughout his first year in the league. According to special teams coordinator Brant Boyer, Edwards has worked harder than almost anyone in the offseason. Boyer believes in the Sam Houston State product and expects progress in 2017.
Get to Know the Kickers, Punter and Long Snapper Heading into Camp
Position BattlesIn his second stint with the Jets in as many years, Martin returned to the team with a new confidence. Last year, he put his leg on display as he nailed a 55-yard field goal against the Giants in preseason action. However, Catanzaro has the NFL experience. The fourth-year kicker has made 84.8% of his kicks in his career, but he only converted on 75% of his field goals in 2016.
Kick and punt returner are debatably the most open positions on the team. Jalin Marshall was the primary returner for the majority of last year, but he'll serve a four-game suspension at the start of the regular season. In minicamp, returners included RB Romar Morris, WRs Chris Harper and Frankie Hammond and rookie RB Elijah McGuire.
Molding the Clay
Last season, one of Boyer's main initiatives in his first year coaching the unit was to establish an identity. Injuries made it difficult for the group to maintain a solid core in 2016, but this year should be different. The team re-signed special teams ace Josh Martin, who led the club with 16 tackles, and head coach Todd Bowles said there will most likely be some players devoted to a role on special teams as opposed to double dipping.