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I've been optimistic about the abilities of the Jets' special teams units this season, but they mostly did a poor job last night, particularly in kick coverage and the blocking in the return game. Let's start by focusing on the positives though.
After some wobbles last week Nick Folk made all six kicks, including three field goals. Also, while he didn't get much work yesterday, punter Lachlan Edwards executed a good punt in a pressure situation where a mistake could have given the Bills a more realistic change at a miracle comeback. Brandon Marshall also came up big with an onside kick recovery, albeit an easy one on a poor attempt.
In kick coverage, Darron Lee, Josh Martin and Folk each had potentially damaging missed tackles. Rookie Juston Burris deserves credit for a saving tackle in the open field on the longest return, with Antonio Allen doing likewise on the next-longest.
There were some good contributions in kick coverage though, with the likes of Julian Howsare and Julian Stanford getting in on a couple of tackles each along with Martin. Lawrence Thomas also got in on a good one. It's good to see Howsare paying back the organization's faith in him to add value with these kinds of special teams contributions when they retained him over the veteran Tommy Bohanon.
One thing that was surprising was seeing Darrelle Revis out there in the vice role. It's something he did just a handful of times last season.
Clearly there's some room for improvement here, but in the context of last season, this probably would have ranked as one of their better performances, so Boyer's group has already raised the bar.