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Much like Dexter McCluster, LaRod Stephens-Howling would give the Jets a versatile player on passing downs and kick returns.
Stephens-Howling was signed last offseason by Pittsburgh after spending four seasons in Arizona. However, his 2013 season ended after just six carries due to a torn ACL suffered in the season opener.
What if the Jets could swoop in and land him this offseason? Sure, he would have to show that he has fully recovered from the injury and can still be a force in the league.
The biggest benefit to bringing in Stephens-Howling would be his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Bilal Powell caught 36 passes last season, but averaged just 7.5 yards per catch. Stephens-Howling has the ability to turn each reception into a huge play. He has averaged 9.3 yards per catch over the course of his career, including an 18.0-yard average in 2011 in Arizona.
As a return man, Stephens-Howling is as dangerous as anyone in the league. On 164 career kickoff returns, he has a 24.9-yard average with three touchdowns.