Jets at Dolphins: Special Teams Review

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

Let's review the key contributions...

Kicking game - Fick to the plan

In a week when ex-Jets pro bowl kicker Jason Myers missed three kicks including a potential game-winner, his (eventual) replacement Sam Ficken would have a pretty solid week with the Jets.

Ficken made three field goals, surpassing the team's entire total for the rest of the season put together and impressively nailing a 52-yarder before half-time. However, he did miss from 49.

Punter Lachlan Edwards had a pretty unremarkable day, punting four times with underwhelming numbers. Miami's punter Matt Haack was far more impressive, landing two kicks inside the 10, one down at the 15 and forcing a fair catch on a 57-yard punt from his own end zone under heavy pressure. None of Edwards' punts were landed inside the 15.

That punt from the end zone saw Ty Montgomery come close to blocking the punt. He was called for a running into the kicker penalty on the play.

The Dolphins also missed a field goal with Nate Hairston and Matthias Farley trying to pressure off the left edge. However, Ryan Griffin allowed some pressure on the Ficken miss.

Return game - InVyncible

Vyncint Smith gave the Jets a big boost with a spectacular 75-yard kickoff return, although it's possible the job isn't his yet as Montgomery was still back there in the second half.

The Jets were lucky that wasn't called back, too, as Daniel Brown got away with a possible block-in-the-back penalty.

On punts, Braxton Berrios took three fair catches and allowed one to be downed inside the 10. However, he did break a tackle on a 25-yard free kick return after the Jets' safety.

Griffin had a good block on Smith's return and Montgomery had a good one on Berrios' return.

Kick coverage - Bello, is it me you're looking for?

The Jets almost made a big play on special teams as Arthur Maulet blew up a punt return, causing a fumble. However, he was correctly called for fair catch interference, having blown past the vice but mistimed his play on the ball.

Aside from that play, the Jets rallied to the ball well as a unit, despite a depleted group that was without core special teamers Rontez Miles and Josh Bellamy and with Trenton Cannon having landed on injured reserve.

However, they missed multiple tackles on nearly every return. Many of these were of the kind where the return man was slowed up and someone else was able to clean up though and perhaps some of these players deserve credit for getting down to help make a play.

In his first game as a Jet, BJ Bello pinned Miami inside their 10-yard line after a kickoff, with Farley and Montgomery helping to blow it up.

Brown made a tackle on a punt after Brandon Copeland and Maulet missed tackles but slowed the return man up.

Farley blew up another kick return after Montgomery and Frankie Luvu got downfield to blow it up but couldn't make the play themselves.

In addition to those mentioned above, Luvu, Maulet and Farley (twice) all had missed tackles. Luvu and Maulet were also in on a tackle each though, despite not getting official credit. Copeland, Tarell Basham and Ficken were the only other players credited with a special teams tackle.

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.