Special Teams Review: Jets-Patriots

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

Let's review the key contributions...

Kicking game - All good things come to Ammend

Finally back in his regular role as placekicker Matt Ammendola scored his first NFL points this week on an unconvincing chip shot field goal and then later added a 35-yarder.

However, he also had his first miss in a Jets uniform as his 53-yarder had plenty of distance on it but clipped the outside of the upright. Daniel Brown let a Patriots player through to pressure this kick.

In his Jets' debut, Thomas Morstead should've punted more than once as the Jets turned the ball over far too often. His one punt was a solid 45-yarder that was fair-caught. Morstead also handed the holder role on field goals without issue.

Nick Folk was perfect on field goals for New England, but did have a missed extra point. The Jets tried to get some pressure off the edge during the game but never really got there and this was just a shank by Folk.

Kick coverage - Smell a smell, sniff a sniff and take a Jeff

In this game, the Jets almost managed to register zero special teams tackles, as the only New England return saw Devin McCourty give himself up in the fourth quarter. However, the official scorers gave Sheldrick Redwine credit as he dived in to be the first to touch him when he was down.

Otherwise, there's not much that can be reported. The other two kickoffs were touchbacks and the only punt was a fair catch. Jeff Smith got downfield well to force the fair catch on that one.

Return game - Last Braxton Hero

Braxton Berrios handled punts and kickoffs again this week, putting to rest the question of whether Keelan Cole might take either of those roles over when Berrios has a role on offense.

It seems like Berrios is getting the hang of being a kickoff returner, which he's rarely impressed at in the past. In this game, he averaged a solid 23.8 yards per return, using his speed to get outside for 38 on one runback. He also let one go out of bounds for a penalty.

In terms of blocking, Brown had a missed block and Ace Carter was called for an illegal block.

Punt returns were a different story, although Berrios did field one and break the first tackle for a short return. Otherwise, the Patriots outstanding gunners predictably had their way with Deuce Carter and Javelin Guidry and Berrios was forced to take four fair catches.

That wraps up today's analysis from the game, but we'll be back with more over the next few days...