Raiders at Jets: Special Teams Review

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

Let's review the key contributions...

Return game - Brax to the wall

On a day when he had a key play on offense, Braxton Berrios provided the Jets with a big spark in the return game. His only return saw him break a tackle for 26 yards, picking up 15 more on a late-hit penalty to set the Jets up in Oakland territory.

Berrios also took two fair catches and let four punts drop. One went out of bounds and one went into the end zone, but two others were downed, including one inside the five.

Berrios has continued to boost his average over the past few weeks and is now over 10 yards per return. This puts him second in the NFL just behind Tarik Cohen, whose average was inflated by a 71-yarder earlier this year. Jets cast-off Andre Roberts is outside the top ten, averaging just over seven yards per return.

Despite fumbling last week, Vyncint Smith got another chance as the kick returner this week but was stuffed inside his 20 on his only runback. Ty Montgomery - who would otherwise be the first choice - missed his block on that play.

Smith arguably got away with a block in the back on Berrios' big return, but he did a good job of slowing the gunner down at the line which was the main reason for that play.

Kicking game - Lach this bitch

A well-rested Lachlan Edwards only had to punt once before the fourth quarter, booming a 59-yarder that was well covered by the Jets. His three fourth quarter punts included one where he put it into the end zone for a touchback from the 40, though.

It's always going to be good news when Sam Ficken is kicking more often than Edwards, although he did miss a 48-yard field goal in rough conditions. Ficken made two shorter field goals and all four of his extra points. He also had three touchbacks on his seven kickoffs.

The Jets didn't get any pressure on either of Oakland's field goals, but the Raiders did miss one. Daniel Brown got some pressure on a punt rush though.

Nathan Shepherd, playing right guard, allowed a pressure on one of Ficken's successful kicks and Frankie Luvu and Tarell Basham allowed some pressure on the punt protection unit.

Kick coverage - Bello, my friend, Bello

While he hasn't played on defense yet, linebacker BJ Bello continues to stand out on special teams. These week he was credited with one tackle, got in on a second and got downfield to force a return man out wide on a third. Marcus Maye cleaned up with a nice hit on that last play.

Basham and Maurice Canady were each credited with multiple special teams tackles this week. Canady did a good job as the gunner on one punt coverage play.

Frankie Luvu and Harvey Langi each had missed tackles this week, but Langi did take on a blocker well to blow up an early return and was credited with an assist.

Smith was also credited with an assist but failed to down a punt near the goal line.

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.