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Buffalo Bills beat New York Jets: Week 1 special teams grades

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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For the New York Jets, in their 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills, despite one shanked punt by Lachlan Edwards, special teams was actually the best unit of Gang Green.

Punter Lachlan Edwards, unfortunately, had one shanked punt, and it looked really bad. However, just like the season can’t be judged by one week, you can’t really judge a young football player’s game on one mistake. Edwards had one bad punt, but he showed something by coming back from it and not allowing it to haunt him. His six punts averaged 49.5 yards (two inside the 20-yard line).

Despite two fumbles, Kalif Raymond had some good returns. The blockers did well in front of him to help him give the Jets the field position they needed.

Kicker Chandler Catanzaro also showed why the Jets took him over Ross Martin. Catanzaro was excellent on the kickoffs. He didn’t allow a single return by the Bills after the Jets’ two field goals and their lone touchdown, and he was 2-2 on his field goal attempts.

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The special teams unit had a mostly clean game with very little errors. When the coaches watch the film on this game, this unit will probably get the most praise.

All-in-all, the special teams unit held up their end. They weren’t spectacular, but they did what needed to get done and most importantly, they weren’t the reason the Jets lost.

Even the shanked punt didn’t harm the Jets. The Bills followed up that punt with a 3-and-out. So, Edwards got a reprieve from the governor. In the end, special teams did their jobs, and to the best of their abilities.

Week 1 Special Teams Grade: B

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