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Jets to hire Brant Boyer as special teams coordinator

Brant Boyer of the Indianapolis Colts poses

Brant Boyer of the Indianapolis Colts poses for a headshot on June 13, 2012. Photo Credit: AP

SAN FRANCISCO — The Jets finally found their replacement for Bobby April.

A source confirmed to Newsday that the Jets plan to hire Colts assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer to be their new special teams coordinator.

Jets coach Todd Bowles fired April on Jan. 6 after just one year on the staff. But it took the organization almost a month to find his replacement.

Boyer, a former NFL linebacker with the Dolphins, Jaguars and Browns (from 1994-2003), has been the Colts special teams assistant since 2012. Before that, he was a training camp coach with the Browns in 2009 and Giants in 2010.

During his stint in Cleveland from 2001-03, Bowles was an assistant defensive coach for the Browns.

The Jets will now be on their fourth special teams coach in the past four seasons following the retirement of longtime coach Mike Westhoff in 2012.

Shortly after April was fired, speculation began swirling about a reunion between Bowles and his college buddy, Keith Armstrong, the Falcons’ special teams coach. But a source told Newsday last month that Armstrong still has two years left on his contract and Atlanta likely wouldn’t allow him to leave for a lateral move.

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