Raiders' Trash Talk Fires up Jets' Special Teams

It's been the Raiders' offensive line, led by Frank Middleton, and the Jets defensive line, led by Josh Evans that have done most of the talking in recent weeks. On Thursday, Oakland special teamer Brandon Jennings got into the mix, trashing the Jets' special teams to a local newspaper.

Jennings was quoted by the Contra Costa Press Democrat as saying, "We whipped their ass on special teams. Excuse my language, but we outplayed them on special teams. But no one remembers what we did to them the last game."

 

Jets' special teams coach Mike Westhoff tore out the article and showed it to his players during Thursday's special teams meeting. Needless to say, they are now very fired up.

 

In their last meeting, Oakland's special teams unit blocked a field goal and recovered a Chad Morton fumble, but also gave up 183 kickoff return yards to Morton, including returns of 50 and 58 yards. Oakland's kickoff return coverage ranked last in the NFL and their punt return coverage was ranked 30th. The bright spot on their special teams unit is kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who led all kickers in touchbacks and led the AFC in points. Their punter Shane Lechler is also among the best in the AFC.

 

The Jets head to Oakland healthy, whereas Oakland tight end Roland Williams is doubtful, and several others are questionable.

 

New York Jets

 

Matt Turk – Abdomen – Probable

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Roland Williams – TE – Knee/toe – Doubtful

 

Trace Armstrong – DE – Groin – Questionable

 

Lincoln Kennedy – T – Groin – Questionable

 

Tyrone Wheatley – RB – Ankle – Questionable

 

Charles Woodson – CB – Leg – Questionable.

 

Williams had his knee drained less than two weeks ago, but has said he is progressing at a very rapid rate. Coach Bill Callahan said:

 

"If it's possible to get him on the [practice] field by Friday, than we'll see…I don't think he'll be ready, but let's keep hope alive."

 

Woodson, and the rest of the questionable Raiders are all expected to play.


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