New York Jets beat Miami Dolphins: Week 3 Special Teams grades
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets finally got a win, 20-6, and it was over their division rival, the Miami Dolphins.
This season, one phase of the game for the New York Jets has been the most consistent. The special teams unit has been the rock of the team.
Punter Lachlan Edwards is actually evidence of some growth on this team. Last season was an inauspicious one, to say the least for Edwards. It was an okay rookie season, but he definitely needed to show signs of improvement.
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In 2016, Edwards averaged 40.8 yards per punt. Against Miami, he had five punts which averaged 48.6 yards per punt and three inside the 20-yard line.
It was the third consecutive game in which he had multiple punts inside the 20 (a career first). He also forced two fair catches and had a career-high in net average. All in all, a good day for the former Australian Football League star.
When it comes to the return game, it was really uneventful. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley returned four punts for a total of 31 yards, but he didn’t have the fumbling issues that plagued the return game in the first two games of the season. The only two kickoffs by the Dolphins resulted in touchbacks.
Even though Chandler Catanzaro missed his first field goal attempt, he bounced back to make the next two. Even the best kickers miss some field goals, and the 45-yard kick isn’t a chip shot by any means.
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It was a Bill Belichick special by the special teams unit in this game for the Jets. The special teams unit did their job. All in all, they just didn’t cost the Jets the game and did what was asked of them when they were called upon. That’s all you can really ask for the special teams unit. There was nothing spectacular, but nothing spectacular was needed in this one.