Joe McKnight – heck of a kick returner Dan Leberfeld

Cortland – For all those people beating up on Joe McKnight right now, let’s not forget his prowess as a kick returner.

He’s no slouch.

McKnight finished third in the NFL in kickoff-return average last year, and his 29.4-yard average in 2011-12 is the best in the league in back-to-back seasons since Hall of Famer-to-be Gale Sayers posted a 31.3 for the Bears in 1965-66.
In 2011, McKnight’s 31.6-yard kickoff return average broke the Jets’ season franchise record and was the best in the NFL in the last 25 years, and his 107-yard TD return at Baltimore was the longest play in club history.
His 31.6 avg is 12th-highest in NFL history, highest in the NFL since Ron Brown, of the L.A. Rams, had a 32.8 in 1985, and the highest in Jets franchise history, breaking Bobby Humphery’s franchise record of 30.7 set in 1984.