NY Jets special teams
Second-year punter Braden Mann going down in pain with an early-game knee injury was a shocker.
Rookie kicker Matt Ammendola was tremendous in emergency punting duty. He deserved the game ball for excelling at a position he’d never played before.
13-year veteran Thomas Morstead should be a competent replacement for Mann over the next 4-6 weeks.
All in all, Brant Boyer’s special-teams squad got the job done. Free-agent signing Justin Hardee provides instant leadership, leading the special-teams unit with 23 snaps and one tackle.
Practice squad linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips and safety Adrian Colbert were all over the field in coverage. And when you’ve got a quality long-snapper like Thomas Hennessy, his name never gets called.
This Jets roster continues to be a work in progress, and there will be many painful learning moments along the way. But rest assured, the growth will be immense and fun to watch by the end of the year.