Quadree Henderson
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The New York Jets have claimed return man Quadree Henderson off waivers, who was released by the New York Giants earlier this week. 

The New York Jets have added depth to their kick return/punt return positions.

Per a report from Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets have acquired return man Quadree Henderson. Henderson spent 2018 with the New York Giants and was just released by Big Blue on Wednesday, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Henderson returned nine punts and five kicks for the Giants in 2018 through five games before fracturing his shoulder. The injury landed him on season-ending injured reserve. Henderson averaged 7.6 yards per return on punts along with an average of 22.4 yards per return on kicks.

However, the Giants have additional options that they seem to be more influenced by when it comes to both return positions. Along with wide receiver Corey Coleman, Big Blue now has safety Jabrill Peppers.

Peppers returned kicks and punts for the Cleveland Browns and in college as a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines. He averaged 21.5 yards on 19 kick returns and 8.8 yards on 25 punt returns for Cleveland in 2018.

Henderson spent three years at the University of Pittsburgh from 2015-2017. He averaged 26.6 yards on 73-career kick returns and 13.4 yards on 37-career punt returns. He led the FBS with 1,166 total return yards in 2016, leading to him receiving All-American honors. Henderson also led Pitt in 2017 with 1,204 all-purpose yards, which helped him earn Second-Team All-ACC honors.

The former Giant and now-current Jet will now be in the running to replace Andre Roberts as the Jets returner. Roberts averaged 29.4 yards on 40 kick returns along with 14.1 yards on 23 punt returns last season.

Proving to be an effective returner, Roberts was given All-Pro honors in 2018. Roberts signed with the AFC East-rival Buffalo Bills this offseason as a free agent.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.