Fields Has Fabulous Day

As the Bills prepare for their first trip to South Florida in 14 1/2 months, punt returner C.J. Spiller and friends must steel themselves for the Brandon-and-Reshad Show. Or not. Still, it was clear that Dolphins punter Brandon Fields and rookie gunner Reshad Jones made major contributions in Sunday's 10-6 road win over the divisional rival Jets.

"Brandon and Reshad, I thought, were huge," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "Reshad's coverage was outstanding. Brandon changed field position several times, where offensively we couldn't get anything going and he knocked a punt out of there 50-55 yards."

Actually, Fields was even better than that in helping the Dolphins improve to 7-6 overall, 2-2 in the AFC East.

Ten times he trotted out into the swirling wind and the sideways rain.

Somehow Fields averaged 56.4 yards per kick, giving him the best day of punting for any player in franchise history with at least five attempts.

By comparison, Jets counterpart Steve Weatherford averaged just 38.4 yards on his eight punts.

"It's more of a mental thing," said Fields, who learned to kick in adverse weather while at Michigan State. "I try to get a feel for the wind and the conditions during warmups. That's when I start playing around with stuff to see what works and what doesn't."

Matt Turk, with 11 punts in a 2003 game at New England, is the only Dolphins punter to get more work.

Actually, Fields launched an 11th punt that carried 64 yards, but that kick was wiped out by an unsportsmanlike penalty on Jones. No matter, Fields came back on the re-kick and boomed one 62 yards.

"All week long we felt like this game was going to be about field position," Sparano said. "To do what he did in this situation was critical."

More importantly, Fields' net average Sunday was 49.6 yards, nearly 14 yards more than Weatherford's. That meant with each exchange of punts, the Dolphins were coming away with the equivalent of nearly an extra first down and a half.

That sort of swing would come in handy against the Bills, especially with Chad Henne and the Dolphins' offense struggling mightily to generate points.

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