Todd Bowles had a pretty simple philosophy regarding punt and kick returners when the Jets first hired him in 2015. He wouldn't keep a specialist on the 53-man roster. His returner, whoever he was, had to contribute elsewhere, too. Antonio Cromartie, Jeremy Kerley and C.J. Spiller were among the many rotated in-and-out these last three years. And during that time, the Jets haven't scored a single return touchdown. Their unit has been among the league's worse. So, has Bowles' designated returner methodology changed? Does he want a specialist in 2018? "I probably do," he said in January. "If we can get an elite guy who can return kicks, I'm hoping to have that." Hello Tavon Austin. Alden Gonzalez of ESPN took a stab at predicting which Rams could be on the chopping block this offseason. Austin is among them. The versatile receiver/returner watched his role diminish in 2017, and L.A. would free $3 million with his release. Austin is due a $5 million roster bonus if on the team by March 16th.
Rams' Tavon Austin could solve Jets' search for game-changing returner
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