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Airborne Stuckey’s Excellent Reception

Posted by Randy Lange on September 9, 2008 – 4:28 pm

Chansi Stuckey needed a year to show that his good hands and airborne body control from the ’07 training camp weren’t mirages. But he showed that Sunday against the Dolphins with his 22-yard touchdown catch on Brett Favre’s fourth-down heave with 6:52 left in the first half, giving the Jets a lead they never lost.

That play also happened to be Stuckey’s first pro TD catch and first pro catch of any kind. He’s listed as a second-year pro because he made it to the regular season last year, but he didn’t play in the opener vs. the Patriots and went on IR shortly after that game.

"It’s great," Stuckey said of his emotions at finally getting into and contributing mightily in his first NFL game. "The ball was up there, but I knew it was my ball. I made up my mind that I needed to come down with it. I was going to get hit after the catch, but I was able to come down with it and sustain the hit."

It didn’t hurt that Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell took several steps forward, as if to try to help finish off Favre, who was hit twice in the pocket, the second time as he launched his answered prayer of a pass. But Stuckey, who climbed air stairs to make a few catches at last year’s camp, still probably would’ve come down with it a foot inside the goal line to give the Jets a 13-7 lead.

After the game, Stuckey said, "I’ve got to find who has the ball." The souvenir’s safety was never in doubt as equipment director Gus Granneman’s crew snapped up the pigskin, even despite some confusion due to the two-point play that quickly followed, and put it away for safe keeping. And soon the equipment team will ship Stuckey’s ball out with several other "first" balls for other Jets, to be painted and made suitable for trophy case or mantel.

Stuckey said he may ask to have a little extra design work added to his ball. "I might get Brett to sign it," he said.

For historical buffs, since 1992 the 22-yard Favre-to-Stuckey pass was only the sixth fourth-down conversion of 11 yards or longer and the second-longest fourth-down TD connection. The previous long in that span: the 29-yard fourth-and-goal strike from Neil O’Donnell to then-rookie Keyshawn Johnson in the third game of the 1996 season.

Here are few more Miami morsels to savor before we head into Wednesday’s big media smorgasbord in advance of the home opener against the Patriots:

Red Zone Rebound?

The Jets’ 36.7 percent red zone touchdown rate last season was 31st in the NFL. One game does not a turnaround make, but their two shorter touchdown drives at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday were both RZ opportunities, giving them a 66.7 rate after one game.

Major Plus in Miami

The Jets and Dolphins each had one takeaway for a zero turnover differential Sunday. But that doesn’t hurt the Green & White’s takeaway talents in this series since they got the upper hand in 1998. In the 21 games since that season, the Jets are plus-25 in TO differential over Miami (24 giveaways, 49 takeaways).

Dolphins’ Tough Sledding

The Dolphins’ 11 second-half rushing yards (on four carries, all in the third quarter) were tied for the third-fewest rushing yards by a Jets opponent in any half in the last 10 seasons. The only better halves came within a six-game span in 2006 — 1 yard by the Houston Texans in Week 12, 7 yards by the Oakland Raiders in Week 17.

BT Express

Bryan Thomas had a strong game vs. the Dolphins that may have been just a little stronger than first thought. The Miami pressbox crew credited DE Kenyon Coleman with a tackle and a forced fumble on the reception that Ricky Williams lost the handle near the two-minute warning in the first half.

Trouble was, Coleman wasn’t on the field on that play. BT and Eric Smith were, and one of those two should have received credit for stripping or punching the ball loose and out of bounds on the play. And if BT got the force (which remains an unofficial stat but still one you can find on some NFL Websites), it came the player after he threw Chad Pennington down for the first of his two sacks.

Third-and-Long Shots

You may remember Ricky Williams galloping for 18 yards on a third-and-16 play at the Meadowlands in the Dolphins’ 21-10 win in 2003. That remains a significant milestone in the Jets-Miami series because it was the last time the Dolphins converted a third-and-more-than-10-yards situation. Including Sunday’s 0-for-5, the ‘Fins have gone 0-for-their-last-28 when looking at third-and-double-digits vs. the Jets.

Use-ful Comments

When Favre couldn’t find a receiver, he tucked the ball and ran for a first down on his first third-down play as the Jets’ QB, prompting the CBS announcers to offer a nice exchange about the 38-year-old Favre making plays with his feet rather than his right arm:

Jim Nantz: Brett Favre … he still has it.

Phil Simms: Well, he still has it but he doesn’t want to use it.

And LB Calvin Pace was feeling the heat of the game even after he and his teammates were safely back in their Dolphin Stadium locker room. "Oh, man, the humidity in the fourth quarter got to me," Pace said with a smile. "I ain’t gonna lie. I’m glad we didn’t go to overtime."

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35 Responses to “Airborne Stuckey’s Excellent Reception”

  1. By BriGuyInTampa on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Nice to see the difference a big boy in the middle can make on D. Anyone know why Feely was let go after one day with the cheifs? I once heard that of all the positions on the football field, the kickers are the strangest bunch of them all. Absolutely a blast watching the game on sunday and I bet you could hear me yelling after Favre’s first TD. “THATS WHY WE GOT HIM” about 10 times.

  2. By Ken on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    I hope you guys realize the pressure is squarely on the JETS to beat the PATS this week. If the JETS can’t beat the PATS this week with ALL the money they spent on key players. And having BRETT FAVRE. And now having NO TOM BRADY on th Pats. If the JETS can’t beat the Pats at HOME with all the things I have mentioned, the JETS will probably never beat the Pats. The JETS have too beat the Pats!

  3. By McGinty26 on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Ira hasn’t left a comment yet ?

  4. By namath fan on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    fate shines on the Jets this year! they will be in the playoffs and will beat the Patriots this weekend

  5. By ROBOX on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy-any word on who gets released to make room for Feely?

  6. By Randy Lange on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    ROBOX, the Jets have not announced any transactions today.

  7. By Hogan on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Off topic but Randy do you know if the Uni’s the flight crew wore in the Preseason are the new ones? I hope not they are awfull. Women wear Bras for a reason, it makes most of them look better.

  8. By JOHNNYJET on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply


  9. By Howard on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    great exchange between nance and simms but id prefer bret find a reciever then run with the ball.now if bt plays this way all season and im wrong on pace cause i didnt like the signing at the timewe should get some real hear on oppsing qbs what a difference.and with c jenks plugging the middle and lets not forget about the 2 coners what a d could be nice

  10. By kimosabe on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Wow…!! Still got some work to do…but ya gotta love it..! J E T S…..

  11. By Randy Lange on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Hogan, the Jets Flight Crew’s new uniforms will make their debuts at Sunday’s home opener against the Patriots.

  12. By Randy Lange on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    No, JOHNNYJET, no word.

  13. By Ira on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Great #’s you brought up. The TO ratio and the rushing yds gave up in the 2nd half are great. Also you’re right about the red zone %. Hope it continues. Stuckey is only going to get better with the more playing time he gets. D. Coleman also made some fine plays. OK lets get ready for the Pats. GO JETS!!!!

  14. By Stunna on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    great work by favre n the jets mass props to the defense for holding it up at the end of that game hope we play better against the bradyless patriots n randy wats the status on david clowney n estimated time hell be back ??

  15. By geddieandthejets on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    don’t know if anyone has noticed this, but all the talking heads on all the various football shows aren’t getting the stuckey TD right . . . we had no kicker, thus we had to go for it on 4th down. all these pundits are calling it “wing and a prayer” and all that garbage, intimating to brett’s penchant for heaving balls into coverage for INTs . . . this was not one of those instances. no kicker.

  16. By frank on Sep 9, 2008 | Reply

    Hey jets fans us packers are tickeled green now days we get two games a day to cheer or week.How about our Brett favor as the guy once said.That boy will put you on track for something to cheer for.We all love Brett back here so put on some cheese we are all happy back here but we still miss Brett he is the best there ever will be out of Wi.We have been blessedwith having him so long.Cheesers

  17. By BigEd on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    We’ve got a lot of talented receivers. Only saw Brad Smith on specials. Did he play on offense? Who’d we waive to give a spot to Jay Feely? Weren’t we supposed to do that by 5pm Tues? Figured it would be Marcus Henry or Wallace Wright., everyone else is too valuable.

  18. By uncle joe on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Hey I rewatched some of that game last night (until my wife yelled at me)and Pouha#91 was in there alot and Mosley#69 was in alot too I think at DE and he was reaking a little havoc in there.I kept seeing his number come flying in.That was a nice trade didnt Min. just let Bollinger go.And yeh McMinty26 your right where is Ira?Cant wait to see our Flight Crew girls in their new outfits.

  19. By uncle joe's WHY COME on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy,Why Come more wasnt made about Porter kicking our ball in practice?What the hell was that?Will he get fined for that and Why Come Cox was the only Jet to stop him,that should of been an all out brawl?Why Come Randy,Why Come?

  20. By Ira on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Cimini is reporting that Nugent might be out for awhile. Hope thats not the case. Season opening games have not agreed with Nugent. He had tuff starts in KC in 05 and Tenn in 06 and now he gets hurt in Miami this year. He bounces back well and if Cimini is correct just hope Nugent gets back ASAP.

  21. By alex on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    We have a really good team this year
    if we dont get into the playoffs
    im goin to be really dissapointed

  22. By Randy Lange on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    uncle joe, you must be a smash hit at family gatherings.

  23. By Ira on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    BigEd, No way would they release Wright he is one if not their best ST cover guy. Henry has too much potential to take a chance and put on the PS. I think Turner or Brown will be waived or somebody put on IR.

  24. By Anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Randy are we no longer name protected? Glad you mentioned BT he and Lowery had terrific games. Gholston came real close to his first sack and I thought Mangini used him correctly. After killing TJ the entire preseason he had a nice game let’s see if it continues and that he can score a TD on someone other than the Phins this week would be a good starting point.

  25. By Frank on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    By the way the last comments where made by the real Frank.

  26. By ddh on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    game plan for the pats is quick release short passes, if the D can stop the run and get good pressure on cassel, this should minimize any moss effect. what the Jets do need is better play calling, maybe some no huddle plays, get the TEs more involved, and another good effort from TJ. watch the bills, with an easy sched they’ll be knocking at the division door for sure. humiliate the pats!

  27. By poobah on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    uncle joe i saw that too with pouha,didn’t notice so much with mosley i guess it’s just a normal rotation/rest thing for coleman and jenkins?

  28. By poobah on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    after the original euphoria about brady being out (i’m not too proud to admit we did some high fives on that one), i’m disappointed. never really want to see someone hurt but the thing is that the best we can hope for sunday is beating the ‘bradyless pats’

  29. By Ray on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Everyone is in a no-win situation this year when it comes to the Patsies. If you beat them it will be “yeah but if Brady were there” and if you don’t it will be “wow even without Brady you aren’t good enough to beat the Pats”. No one will get true credit for beating these guys. Now that I’ve rained on everyones parade….. Go Jets!!

  30. By uncle joe on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy that response was funny Man,the rest of your crew is real good But your The Man thanks again for this daily stuff.

  31. By Randy Lange on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    And thank you for the Why Comes? many of which I know I can’t answer to your satisfaction.

  32. By Row on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    I agree that we need to get our TE’s more involved. I look to see a trick play that goes for a TD, something like the Coles flea flicker. Why aren’t we using B. Smith? We kept a roster spot for him, and started a horrible Coles who just didn’t look like an NFL player on Sunday. Something needs to change in that situation. Why not start a guy who can at least run routes? Props to Stuckey!

  33. By Wayne on Sep 12, 2008 | Reply

    I predicted when we drafted Stuckey he was going to be a great receiver. No not good, GREAT! I also felt that way about Cotchery & I am sure that Clowney can be good too. Randy, why isn’t Brad Smith getting more time? I feel he’s one of the most versatile & best athletes on our team? He is so under utilized.
    Go Jets!

  34. By Randy Lange on Sep 12, 2008 | Reply

    Wayne, Brad Smith was on the field quite a bit at Miami, more than 20 plays, but didn’t have any passes thrown his way. Perhaps this weekend.

  35. By Old Rogue on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Here it is Sunday, almost time for the first round of kickoffs. Posting this too late for anyone to read. But…

    Reading Randy
    Reading IRA
    Jets home opener in just a few hours

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