By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets have claimed wide receiver and kick returner Lucky Whitehead off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.
Whitehead was released by the Cowboys after he was accused of shoplifting, which began a weird series of events. The accusation was made on July 24, claiming the crime was committed on July 22, though Whitehead’s agent, Dave Rich, checked flight records and found Whitehead wasn’t in Dulles for his youth football camp until six hours after the claim was made. It turned out to be a case of misidentification.
But Whitehead was released and the Cowboys have since stood by their decision.
Whitehead was a stellar return man for Dallas, accumulating 850 yards, averaging just over 25 yards a pop. Though he hasn’t yet broke one for a touchdown, he has been consistently giving the Cowboys’ star-studded offense very good field position, and making the lives of Dak Presscott and Ezekiel Elliott much easier.
When it comes to legal trouble, the Cowboys have had more than their fair share, including Elliott and Jourdan Lewis being in the new for the wrong reasons. Whitehead was just the latest name, which could most definitely be a contributing factor to his immediate release.
A day after Whitehead’s case of misidentification and subsequent release, he was made available for the talent-starved Jets to bring aboard. And the Jets now have a man who should win the starting job at returner and hopefully be better than the recent options and failures from the Jets wide receiver group the last few years.