When a New York Jets horde a Miami Dolphins on Saturday night, one of a home team’s objectives will be not removing burnt on special teams.
That happened when a AFC East rivals squared off on Nov. 6. Rookie using behind Kenyan Drake returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown with 5:15 left in a diversion to lift Miami to a 27-23 victory.
Brant Boyer, a Jets’ special-teams coach, pronounced he reminded his players what happened a final time a former Alabama standout got a football in his hands opposite them.
“I showed it a final dual days,” Boyer said. “Anybody in a room, if they don’t consider those guys kicked a butts or anything like that — and that’s observant it easily — afterwards something is wrong with that.”
Drake told a Dolphins’ central web site this week that dual pivotal things happened on his touchdown return: The restraint was good, and a Jets were tired. New York kicked off with a 23-20 lead, though reserve Antonio Allen was offside, and a Jets’ Nick Folk had to flog off again.
“Just good restraint and also usually carrying them re-kick,” Drake said. “They ran down 50 yards before. So it’s kind of tough perplexing to come down and cover a flog opposite dual energetic returners dual times in a row. So we done them pay.”
Drake pronounced he’s assured if a Jets flog divided from him, his kickoff-return partner Jakeem Grant can do a same thing that he did in November.
Special teams have been a bruise mark for New York this season. The Jets are giving adult an normal of 24.2 yards per kickoff return, a third-highest figure in a NFL. New York’s normal punt lapse of 5.1 yards is a misfortune in a league.
Injuries have caused a Jets to use an NFL-high 68 players, and a turnover has seemed to harm New York’s special teams.
“It’s like a yard sale when we put all your things out on a weed and we try to brew and compare and fit it in,” Boyer said.
Drake has averaged 31.6 yards on his 10 kickoff returns. He’d be 0.1 yards out of a NFL lead, though he doesn’t have adequate attempts to validate among a joining leaders.
With an 8-5 record, Miami is 3 games behind AFC East personality New England with 3 games to play in a unchanging season. But a Dolphins sojourn precisely in row for a conference’s second wild-card playoff spot. Right now, that mark would go to a Denver Broncos, who possess a tie-breaker over Miami.
The Jets have a 4-9 record, and their usually victories in a past 6 games have come opposite a winless Cleveland Browns and a San Francisco 49ers, who forsaken an overtime preference to New York final week for their 12th uninterrupted loss.
After personification a Jets, Miami completes a regular-season report by visiting a Buffalo Bills on Dec. 24 and hosting a New England Patriots on Jan. 1.
The Dolphins will be but starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill opposite a Jets. He suffered an ACL and MCL twist final week, and Matt Moore will step in underneath core opposite New York.
In Moore’s many new start, a Dolphins degraded a Jets 19-17 on Jan. 1, 2012.
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The Dolphins and Jets flog off during 7:25 p.m. CST Saturday in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. NFL Network with publish a game.