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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)
Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake
On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Ross Martin, Frankie Hammond, Connor Harris, Lawrence Thomas, Jordan Todman
Departures: Jeremy Ross, Nick Folk, Calvin Pryor, Nick Marshall, Antonio Allen
Key stat: Football Outsiders ranked the Jets' special teams last in the league for weighted DVOA.
While the likes of Darrelle Revis and David Harris received all the attention, they weren't the only long-time Jets to depart this offseason. The Jets released Folk after seven years with the team and the Jets will look to bring through a younger model. Youngster Ross Martin, who lost out in camp to Folk last year as an undrafted free agent is back, but the Jets also signed the more experienced Catanzaro from the Cardinals. Catanzaro is in a similar situation to when the Jets first signed Folk in that his career got off to a great start, had some high-profile misses during his third season and is now looking to bounce back with a new team.
At punter, Edwards is back. For now there's nobody in camp to compete with him, but it would be surprising if he goes completely unchallenged. The Jets spent a late-round draft pick on Edwards, hoping to lock down the punter position for the next few years. However, if Edwards is as inconsistent as he was last year, his role might come under fire.
The return game is also unsettled. Undrafted rookie Jalin Marshall had some good moments last year, but his ball security on punts was shaky. Even if the Jets want him to remain in that job, he's suspended for the first four games, so they'll need to find someone to handle the role temporarily.
The Jets are said to be high on the rookie running back McGuire, but he didn't do much returning in college, so he is relatively untested. Estime, another rookie, was a definite contender, but he is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in practice. Other players with kick return experience include Hammond, a wide receiver who has been seeing a lot of work field punts in offseason practices, and the recently-signed Todman, who has NFL experience returning kickoffs.
In kick coverage, the Jets have a couple of standouts in the safety Miles and linebacker Josh Martin. Miles excels in a variety of roles and is expected to continue to be in a leadership role, while Martin was tied for sixth in the NFL with 14 total tackles.
Some of the better contributors from last year -- e.g. Quincy Enunwa, Darryl Roberts, Peake and Burris -- figure to be in bigger roles in 2016, which may mean they have less of a role on special teams. However, some others, such as Bruce Carter, Julian Stanford and Dexter McDougle aren't certain to make the team, so some newcomers will need to step up.
In addition to McGuire, there are a few other rookies who the Jets will be hoping can step into an immediate role on special teams. Donahue, a linebacker, could contribute in a variety of roles, while the two cornerbacks drafted late -- Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones Jr. -- should be in the mix for a gunner and vice role, along with undrafted rookie Xavier Coleman. As is often the case, earning a roster spot might hinge entirely on winning that role for players such as these.
Outlook: The Jets seem to have the ability to create new lows on special teams each year. Personnel-wise, the Jets were much improved on special teams last year, but the ongoing effects of all the injuries cannot be understated. Without their best personnel available and with players forced into unfamiliar roles, errors were inevitable. Simply by regression to the mean, the Jets can hope to have a more settled unit this year and having a younger roster may help in that regard. However, there are some key spots that still need to be filled.