Special Teams Review: Jets-Miami

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

Let's review the key contributions...

Kicking game - Achy Fakey Heart

The Jets made a bad error on 4th down from their own 42 as they tried to run a fake punt and it got blown up, setting up Miami's first field goal and making it a two-possession game. Ashtyn Davis has had success before taking a direct snap as the up-back and running up the middle but, on this occasion, Jamien Sherwood didn't sustain his block and Thomas Hennessy failed to slow anyone down either.

The Jets' ineptitude meant that kicker Greg Zuerlein could have gone home after the opening kickoff. He kicked a touchback and then never saw the field again.

He gets close every week but Brandin Echols got really close to a block flying off the edge on the field goal attempt this week.

Punter Thomas Morstead punted four times in the second quarter and on the first drive of the second half. All five were from inside the Jets' 35-yard line as the Jets wasted his lone chance to pin Miami deep on that fake.

Morstead's best punt was a 54-yarder from near his goal line out of bounds at Miami's 40. The other four were all returned by Braxton Berrios for a total of 53 yards, though, and arguably at least a few of them were overhit.

Kick coverage - The Ashtyn of the Christ

Davis had a productive day in coverage as he was credited with three tackles on the four Berrios punt returns. In each case, though, he cleaned up on the second wave.

After a slow start, Davis has slowly elevated himself among the league leaders for special teams tackles. He began Sunday three behind Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Brendan Schooler, who led the league with 12.

Justin Hardee was also credited with a tackle, as were Hennessy and Kenny Yeboah.

Irvin Charles, who overpursued once and missed a tackle, got injured and was replaced by Echols as the other gunner. Echols also overpursued once. Sam Eguavoen and Jeremy Ruckert also had missed tackles.

Return game - Xavier Zip-son

Xavier Gipson was completely shut out on Sunday as the Dolphins kicked a touchback on all seven of their kickoffs and three of their four punts were fair caught by Gipson inside the Jets' 15. The other punt was downed.

On the fair catches, Echols and Jarrick Bernard-Converse each got beaten once but Gipson looked like he had room to run on one of them.

Gipson entered Sunday's action fourth in the league for total kick and punt return yardage but will probably fall down that list after this donut. He was also 9th in the NFL for punt return average but Berrios will now be tied with him on 9.7 yards per return.

We'll be back with the 3-on-D and 3-on-O over the next few days...