Jets claim wide receiver Lucky Whitehead off waivers

Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After being placed on waivers by the Dallas Cowboys last week, Lucky Whitehead has found a new home with the New York Jets. The Jets, the presumed worst team in the league, claimed the receiver after a false police report led to his release.


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A report surfaced last week that Whitehead was wanted for a burglary charge in West Virginia. Despite pleading his innocence to the Cowboys, they decided to release the wide receiver. However, shortly after his release, it was confirmed by the police department that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Whitehead is entering his third NFL season, however, he only has 44 receptions for 305 yards in that time. He has yet to record his first career touchdown. In his time with the Cowboys, he was used mostly as a return specialist. He was likely falling out of favor in Dallas anyway, however, the circumstances surrounding his release were not right.


In the end, Whitehead has some bad luck. Not only did a false accusation threaten his career, he has gone from a team that could contend for a Super Bowl to one that will be the favorite for the first overall pick.

Whitehead will join Quincy Enunwa, Chris Harper, and rookie ArDarius Stewart on the wide receiver depth chart. Unfortunately, Whitehead did not deserve to lose his job the way he did. However, fortunately, a team, albeit the Jets, decided to give him a second chance.

– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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