A few weeks back, we saw the Jets rated 20th in Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams ranking. The folks at Pro Football Focus put together their own ranking. It was similarly underwhelming as the Jets registered 22nd, but PFF does provide a bright spot.
Coverage man Rontez Miles has produced at least one special teams tackle in all but three games since Week 4, finishing first in the league with 15 solo special teams tackles (while missing only one tackle) after compiling three against the Patriots in Foxboro in Week 17.
There were some bright spots for the Jets on special teams in 2017, but some aspects of the unit need a lot of work, namely in the return game. Putting together a quality unit does not generate many headlines. It also does not require expending many valuable resources. It is an important aspect of the game, though, and the Jets’ inability to do so in recent years has hurt the team.