Browns at Jets: Special Teams Review

We've been breaking this week's game against the Browns. We wrap up today's analysis with a look at the special teams.

Let's review the key contributions...

Kicking game - Now let's go and get a Ficken snack

Our long wait is over! The Jets finally made a kick, with Sam Ficken earning himself a Bronx cheer from the crowd on a successful 46-yard field goal. Hopefully he can kick some extra points next week.

Ficken also marked his Jets' debut with one touchback. He also had a kickoff fielded in the end zone and stopped short of the 20.

Punter Lac Edwards picked a bad time to have his worst punt of the year so far. His 33-yarder from the end zone just before half time set the Browns up for a last second field goal to pad their lead.

It wasn't a great performance from Edwards, who boomed a few kicks but each of them was returned. He had no kicks landed inside the 20 but still only averaged a 40 yard net and even that was only because the longest return of the day was called back for a needless penalty when he outkicked his coverage.

Both teams had some good punt rushes, with Brian Poole allowing his man to pressure Edwards on one punt. Henry Anderson, Daniel Brown and Tarell Basham created some pressure on Jamie Gillan of the Browns.

Return game - Don't Maulet me down

The return game provided nothing this week as Trenton Cannon brought the ball out on three kickoffs and the Jets started each of those drives from inside the 20. Then, on one where he looked to have more room to run, he took a knee one yard deep.

Braxton Berrios didn't fare any better returning punts. His only return saw him dodge the first tackler but then he was cut down immediately after making just five yards.

The blocking was once again worryingly poor. Much was made of Andre Roberts not being brought back, but he wouldn't have been able to do any better with the likes of Frankie Luvu, Arthur Maulet, Ryan Griffin and Cannon himself all missing blocking assignments.

Maulet had a really rough game in the vice role too, getting badly beaten by the gunner a couple of times.

Steve McLendon and Bronson Kaufusi were also called for penalties, which didn't help matters.

Kick coverage - Hennessy Titan

After having done a solid job last week, Cannon and Josh Bellamy found it much tougher to get downfield this week and the Browns seemed to give them extra attention. As a result, Jarvis Landry had 48 return yards.

Cannon did still contribute by getting on two tackles and downing a punt though. One of those tackles stopped the Browns inside their own 20 on the opening kickoff.

The standout this week was long snapper Thomas Hennessy who made two special teams tackles and was the first man downfield on another punt. One of those came in the open field to prevent a much longer runback.

Rontez Miles and Neville Hewitt were also officially credited with special teams tackles, while Matthias Farley was also in on one.

Finally, Harvey Langi had a missed tackle, but did draw a block in the back penalty.

That's it for today's analysis. Don't forget to leave your suggestions for which players to look at in more detail in this week's 3-on-D and 3-on-O.