The Dolphins may have found a new weapon in a player most thought they were about to marginalize.
Not only did Ginn answer his many critics who have wondered what happened to the electrifying burst he showed at Ohio State, he also gave the New England Patriots something to fear as the Dolphins head their way on Sunday.
Ginn tied an NFL record with two kickoff returns for scores in the same game, and he produced the second- and third-longest kickoff returns in franchise history. Only Mercury Morris' 105-yard return against the Bengals on Sept. 14, 1969 was longer.
"Teddy Ginn takes an awful lot, but this kid is a resilient guy," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "I've seen Teddy Ginn bounce back and come back to make big plays for this football team. ... Some people rise up, some people don't. Teddy rose up."
Ginn's outbursts came directly after Jets kicker Jay Feely, the ex-Dolphin, tackled him on a return to open the second half, then barked at him as Ginn lay on the ground. Ginn made strong individual moves to sidestep multiple tacklers on his next two tries, taking both to the house.
"Teddy Ginn played a great game," Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor said. "I couldn't be happier for the kid. He's had a tough week, had a tough year so far. He gets a lot of scrutiny."
Ginn's receiving role remains unclear as he was held without a catch in a reserve role, with fellow Ohio State product Brian Hartline taking some of his playing time. It was the second time Ginn has gone without a catch this season, and he's only had one game with more than two receptions. That was his 11-catch, 108-yard outing against the Colts in Week 2.
In four career games against the Patriots, Ginn has 17 catches for 201 yards (11.8 yards per catch.) He also has 16 kickoff returns for an average of 20 yards.
Ginn has just two punt returns this year for 9 yards, but with Davone Bess losing a fumble on a second-half punt return - the second straight week Bess has lost a fumble, including on a reception against the Saints - it's possible Ginn's return role will be expanded even further.
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