The New York Jets have reached out to wide receiver Josh Cribbs and are signing him according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Cribbs has spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns before being released before the 2013 season. In Cribbs’ career, he has been used more as a kick returner or punt returner than a wide receiver.
As a wide receiver Cribbs has a career 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and 7 touchdowns. His best receiving season came in 2011, when Cribbs caught 41 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns. It was only one of three seasons in his career where he had more than 100 yards receiving in a season.
His special teams stats are more impressive. He returned 195 punts for 2,154 yards and three touchdowns. He also has returned 3878 kick offs for 10,015 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Jets had flirted with Cribbs once before in the preseason. Cribbs will be used almost exclusively on special teams and not as a receiver. Current returner Clyde Gates is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Gates has gotten more work as the number three receiver in the Jets offense. They could try to use him less on special teams and give those duties to Cribbs.
Jets are signing WR Josh Cribbs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2013