In the Jets' blowout 48-17 win on Monday night in Detroit, there didn't seem to be one weakness on the team, including one aspect that was expected to hurt them this season.
The Jets' special teams unit was said to have too many holes, and one that wouldn't work well in the return game. However, Andre Roberts was a big component in changing that narrative. He racked up a total 137 yards on three punts -- one of which went for a 78-yard touchdown -- as well as 45 yards on two kickoff returns.
It couldn't have gone better for the 30-year-od returner, who even got a little pay back having played for the Lions back in 2016.
"It was special," Roberts told Newsday's Neil Best. "Anytime you can score on special teams, it's huge for the team. Doing it in Detroit, my old team, puts a little extra on it. But the biggest takeaway from that is I helped us win the game."
Roberts' touchdown was nearly called back as he tip-toed down the sideline. However, he was never worried that the Jets' first punt return for a touchdown since 2012 was going to be reversed.
"They called a touchdown on the field," Roberts said. "I felt like it was inbounds. I wasn't really worried about it. It was close. Fortunately, I didn't step out. ...You could kind of see the green [of the artifical turf] between the white, and I had on white shoes, so I wasn't too worried about it."
Monday night showed exactly what the Jets can do on special teams, but Roberts said it isn't the unit's goal to make everyone else realizes what they can do. They're doing it for themselves.
"Most definitely, but we're really not trying to prove it to anybody else but ourselves," he said. "We know what we have on special teams. We just have to prove it to ourselves every single week."