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FLORHAM PARK White Darron Lee Jerseys , N.J. (AP) — Andre Roberts is a travelin' man whose passions include hitting the links at golf courses all over the world.You name a destination and there's a good chance the New York Jets kick returner has been there. After all, Roberts has visited all seven continents.Yes, even Antarctica. There's one place, though, he has never been: the Pro Bowl. But Roberts is doing all he can to book a trip there this season."Yeah, I think I'm a Pro Bowl-caliber returner," Roberts said. "I've done well this year. I'm tops in the league in a lot of categories, so I think I've done a good job this year."That's an understatement.Roberts leads the NFL in punt return average (15.3 yards) among qualified players, and is tops in the league with 841 yards on kick returns. He also has eight returns of 40 or more yards — five on kickoffs and three on punts — while the next-closest player has no more than three."I don't know too many returners in this league that are dual returners that have done what he's done this year," special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said."You have some guys that are slightly better on kick return or whatever. But if you look at the dual stats and what he's done this year, I don't think there's a better returner in the game."Roberts has stabilized what has been a position of flux the past few years as the Jets tried the likes of Kalif Raymond, JoJo Natson, ArDarius Stewart, Jalin Marshall, Nick Marshall, Jeremy Ross and C.J. Spiller in the return game.None could provide a consistently reliable option on special teams. The Jets signed Roberts in the offseason, and the 30-year-old veteran has been a big-time spark."Yeah, special teams has kept me in the league," Roberts said. "And you know teams have seen that I can do the return stuff at a high level, so I still feel like I'm ascending. Age ain't nothin' but a number, but I feel good right now and hope I can just keep going."Roberts is a free agent after the season and there's uncertainty as to the futures of both coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan. But, Roberts, who is also a part of the offense as a wide receiver, has proven himself to be a key contributor for the Jets this season.He had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opener, and has been on the verge of scoring several times since on both punt and kickoff returns."He's been great for us Darron Lee Jerseys 2019 ," special teams standout Terrence Brooks said. "When he hits those holes, he just goes. We love blocking for him, man. We want to get him in the end zone. It's been a while, but we're going to try to get another one before the season ends."Roberts has three punt returns for touchdowns in his career, with the other two coming in 2016 with Detroit. He also brought back a kickoff for a score with Washington in 2015. He has been a consistent return threat since his college days at The Citadel, and was drafted by Arizona in the third round in 2010.He has not been as much of a factor in the passing game as he was early in his career with the Cardinals and Redskins, but has certainly found his niche in the league."I still play receiver," Roberts said, "but I definitely embrace the role and I feel very comfortable with it and I'm making it my life now."So is traveling, something not unexpected from a guy who grew up in a military family with both parents serving in the U.S. Army. He was born in Alaska, and moved to places such as Texas, South Carolina and St. Croix — after his parents were deployed to South Korea."I moved around a little bit," he said with a smile. "I've heard others do a lot more than that, but it's been fun."The travel bug was ingrained in him at an early age, so he has always wanted to explore. He set a personal goal of seeing all seven continents — North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica — by the time he turned 30.Mission accomplished.Larry Fitzgerald, his buddy and former Cardinals teammate, joined him on several of the trips — including to Antarctica in 2013."We said the same thing most do about Antarctica, like, nobody goes there, so why not just go?" Roberts said White Jordan Jenkins Jersey , laughing. "So we went on a cruise and stayed on a boat. Obviously, there are no hotels down there, but a lot of penguins, a lot of ice, a lot of snow. Saw some whales and a lot of glaciers. So, it was a fun experience."But the best trip he's ever taken?That's an easy one: Australia — where he met his fiancee, Olivia Kenny, in 2014."Me and Larry were out there playing golf and we were in Melbourne and came back to Sydney for the flight back home," Roberts recalled. "We went out one night, and met her and some of her friends and kept in contact with her and everything worked out."Now, the couple, who welcomed a baby boy in May, plan to be married in January after the football season.First, though, Roberts might have to make room on the itinerary for a trip to Orlando, Florida, for the Pro Bowl."I don't think there's a guy," Boyer said, "that's done more than Roberts this year."Key Numbers Going Into Jets-Dolphins Here are a few interesting numbers to keep in mind as the Jets host the Dolphins tomorrow afternoon.Ryan Tannehill’s down and distance splits: Throughout his career, from the very beginning into the Adam Gase era and even into last Sunday, Tannehill has had some stark splits based on down and distance.In short yardage situations and on favorable early downs, Tannehill has played extremely well. For his career, with 3 or fewer yards to go, he has completed 67% of his passes for 32 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, culminating in a 114.4 passer rating. Among the 22 quarterbacks with at least 200 pass attempts in that situation since 2012 (his rookie year) Jordan Jenkins Jersey 2019 , only Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Peyton Manning have a higher passer rating.Confine Tannehill to a tough situation, and he has failed to respond. For his career, on 3rd down & 10 or longer, Tannehill has completed only 58% of his passes for 0 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a 51.5 passer rating. It’s easily the worst TD-INT ratio among any player during Tannehill’s career, and of the 24 quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts in that situation since 2012, only Blake Bortles has a worse passer rating. His career 29-27 TD-INT ratio on all 3rd downs is better than only Bortles, Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Matt Schaub, Blaine Gabbert, and Brock Osweiler. That’s not good company.Both splits showed up against Tennessee. Tannehill threw of 1 of his 2 interceptions on a 3rd & long. He thrived on 1st & 10 (7 for 9, 113 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 picks) but on all other throws he was pedestrian (13 for 19, 100 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 picks).Let Miami win the run game on the early downs and allow Tannehill to throw in high leverage situations, and he becomes nearly as dangerous as a Hall-of-Famer. Stuff the early down run game and make him put the team on his back, and he becomes a practice squad quarterback.Kenny Stills: Don’t sleep on Stills. Since 2016, he’s 5th in the entire league in total receiving TD (17) and 1st in receiving TD of 20+ yards (13). He’s a more proven Robby Anderson - a quality deep threat for a long time running now. He had 4 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns last week.How the Jets have defeated Tannehill’s Dolphins: Tannehill is 3-5 against the Jets in games he played start to finish. The Jets are 3-0 when sacking Tannehill 3+ times (2-3 otherwise).They are 4-0 when forcing 2+ Miami turnovers (1-3 otherwise).And White Leonard Williams Jerseys , they are 4-0 when Tannehill completes below 58% of his passes (1-3 otherwise).The explosiveness of the Jets’ backs: I was stoked to see Isaiah Crowell pump out that 62-yard touchdown, not just because it was plain awesome and put the Jets up by over 30 points, but because it supported my findings that he is an elite big play threat. Both Crowell and Bilal Powell are among the best big play running backs in the league.Since 2014 (Crowell’s rookie year), here is a look at the big play frequencies (percentage of carries for 20+ yards) of all backs with at least 400 total carries. This chart subtracts red zone carries to put all players on an even playing field.Powell places second on the chart to only the retired Justin Forsett, giving him the highest frequency on the chart among active players. Crowell’s total of 24 runs of 20+ yards places him 6th in the entire league.Todd Bowles splits: In 2015, Bowles went 3-1 coming off of a road win. Over the last two years, he’s gone 0-4 in those games.It’s very specific, but I might have unearthed Todd Bowles’ best split that transcends 2015 and includes 2016-17 as well. Bowles has gone 10-3 in home 1PM games against AFC opponents. The Jets were 5-0 in those games in 2015, 2-1 in 2016, and 3-2 in 2017.It’s something!Josh Sitton and the Dolphins run game: Dolphins veteran left guard Josh Sitton, who has has spent most of his solid career in Green Bay, went down for the year following the Dolphins’ Week 1 win over the Titans. Prior to his injury, I watched the Dolphins run game and was impressed with the space Sitton was opening up on the left side.Against the Titans, the Dolphins gained 6.4 yards per carry and a total of 4 first downs running the ball left, 5th and 4th in the league that week, respectively.Going right, they averaged a league-worst 0.7 yards per carry.As noted, stopping Frank Gore, Kenyan Drake, and the Miami run game will be key to keep Tannehill out of the situations he has thrived in and force him into the situations in which he has been unproductive. The loss of Sitton will certainly not assist the Dolphins in putting their quarterback in favorable positions. Can the Jets make it two straight strong performances against the run?
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