The great Bent recently wrote an article discussing the value of the various pieces that made up the dominant 2018 Jets special teams unit.This inspired me to go back through the film and answer a particular question about special teams that observers rarely have an answer to - who were the best blockers on the return team?Andre Roberts returned five punts for 15+ yards and twelve kickoffs for 30+ yards. I decided to look back at all of those “big” returns and chart which blockers were throwing the most key blocks on big plays.Here is what I found.Kick return assistsEric Tomlinson - 8Jordan Leggett - 7Frankie Luvu - 6Chris Herndon - 6Brandon Copeland - 5Neville Hewitt - 3Charone Peake - 2Anthony Wint - 1Tarell Basham - 1Rontez Miles - 1Neal Sterling - 1Punt return assistsTerrence Brooks - 3Charone Peake - 2Darryl Roberts - 2Parry Nickerson - 2Trenton Cannon - 1Chris Herndon - 1Brandon Copeland - 1Frankie Luvu - 1Total return assistsEric Tomlinson - 8Frankie Luvu - 7Chris Herndon - 7Jordan Leggett - 7Brandon Copeland - 6Charone Peake - 4Neville Hewitt - 3Terrence Brooks - 3Parry Nickerson - 2Neal Sterling - 1Tarell Basham - 1Rontez Miles - 1Anthony Wint - 1Trenton Cannon - 1A few players in particular stood out to me: Tomlinson Color Rush Brandon Copeland Jersey , Leggett, Luvu, and Copeland. Tomlinson and Leggett often had to take on blocking assignments alone, and they frequently threw very important blocks on big returns. Both tight ends were fundamentally sound hitting their spots. Tomlinson in particular threw some noticeably strong blocks.Luvu and Copeland often worked double team blocks Youth Jordan Jenkins Jersey , and excelled with them. They each did a nice job sealing off the backside.I noticed Luvu constantly making his presence felt in the return game. He clearly took a lot of pride in his special teams play, frequently peppering some nastiness into his blocks.Though Chris Herndon ranked near the top of the list, I thought he was making some frequent mistakes in this phase. Regardless, with the amount of success he had at his natural position on offense Color Rush Avery Williamson Jersey , we likely won’t be seeing much of Herndon on special teams in the future.What did you think of the unheralded special teams players in 2018? The first half of the New York Jets game against the Houston Texans is in the books, and the Jets trail the Texans 16 - 9.The Jets opened the game going backwards on each of their first three plays before punting. The Texans then drove right down the field for a field goal. The Jets answered with a long field goal drive of their own, and the Texans then went right back down the field for a field goal and a 6 - 3 lead as the teams exchanged scoring drive after scoring drive.The Jets then started another decent drive that got derailed with consecutive block in the back penalties, followed by an Elijah McGuire lost fumble. The very next play DeAndre Hopkins burned Darryl Roberts for a 46 yard TD catch and the Texans began to take control of the game at 13 - 3. After a three and out by the Jets the Texans went on yet another scoring drive Authentic Avery Williamson Jersey , their fourth consecutive scoring drive, that ended in a 53 yard field goal and a 16 - 3 Texans lead.The Jets closed out the half with a long 83 yard touchdown drive, a beautifully engineered drive by Sam Darnold culminating in a touchdown pass to Robby Anderson. After Jason Myers missed the extra point the Jets went into halftime trailing 16 - 9. They were fortunate not to have been blown out, as the Jets defense was unable to stop the Texans scoring every time they had the ball Color Rush Trumaine Johnson Jersey , outside of the final 30 seconds of the half.We go into the second half with the Jets trailing 16- 9, hoping to somehow pull out a win and up their season victory total to five.Enjoy the second half everyone.
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