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Week 5 Game Recap: New York Jets 27, Miami Dolphins 31

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez, Pass: 12 - 24 - 172 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 6 - 0

Sanchez started and ended well, but was quiet through the middle of the game. He found Dustin Keller in the middle of the field on a pass that was incomplete, but drew a pass interference penalty that set up Braylon Edwards first TD as a Jet. Sanchez moved well in the pocket and understood that his new big target means he can just throw the ball in Edwards vicinity, and his wideout can make the rest happen on his own. Edwards made a great catch at the one to set up one fourth quarter TD, and he drew a pass interference inside the five on a bomb from Sanchez to set up the Jets other fourth quarter. Sanchez fantasy day was mild because Thomas Jones finished those drives, but Sanchez's willingness to let Edwards make plays on 50/50 balls created the scores. Sanchez played like a vet managing a two-minute drill at the end of the first half that let to a field goal, but he also made a few rookie mistakes, throwing to Edwards when he was blanketed on a pass that should have been an interception and leaving Ben Hartsock out to dry on a high pass over the middle that led to a questionable personal foul on Miami when Hartsock got lit up. His deep ball to David Clowney couldn't have been more on target if Sanchez ran down the field and handed the ball to Clowney. Sanchez continues to arrive way ahead of schedule as a quality NFL QB.

RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 13 - 42 - 2 (2 targets)

Jones ran better than his yards per carry yet again, making quick, efficient moves to find extra yardage, and running very hard to generate yards after contact. His leg drive helped on two short TDs that gave Jones a good fantasy night even though he never got in a rhythm in the running game.

RB Leon Washington, Rush: 10 - 44 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)

Washington was a little more involved than he was last week, and he threatened big plays on a few of his carries, but the Jets failed to get him the ball in space enough for him to have a real chance to break a long play. Washington is running with a great initial burst, sudden moves at full speed, and good field vision. He is a big play waiting to happen, it's just a matter of time.

RB Shonn Greene, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0

Greene got a few carries deep in the Jets end, but didn't show anything special.

WR Braylon Edwards, Rec: 5 - 64 - 1 (9 targets)

Edwards made a huge splash in his first game as a Jet, even though he had a bad drop and appeared to be out of sync with Mark Sanchez at times. Edwards got open in the back of the end zone for his TD, and he made a spectacular catch on third and very long at the one-yard line, twisting to catch a 50/50 ball at the sidelines. Edwards also drew a long pass interference penalty, although it could be argued that he should have caught the pass from Sanchez. With the injury to Jerricho Cotchery, Edwards should continue to be a major part of the passing game.

WR David Clowney, Rec: 4 - 72 - 0 (4 targets)

Clowney had his biggest game as a pro when Jerricho Cotchery's injury opened the door to more playing time. He looked to be in sync with Mark Sanchez on a pair of catches in the two-minute drill, and his long bomb catch was exactly the kind of play he has been routinely making in the preseason. With injuries decimating the Jets WR corps, Clowney could be in for a bigger role in the near future.

WR Brad Smith, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)

Smith made a few important plays early. He had a nice gain on a short pass by breaking the initial tackle during the Jets first touchdown drive. He also broke a tackle when he got the ball on the Jets second successful fake punt of the game. Smith got an end zone on a fade that he laid out to catch, but Sanchez threw the ball out of bounds. Smith would be in line for more work with Cotchery's injury problems, but he also left with a foot injury. We are waiting for more information on the extent of the injury.

WR Jerricho Cotchery, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)

Cotchery caught one short pass, but he was mainly a non-factor. After the game, Cotchery said he probably re-aggravated his hamstring injury, so he could be on the bench next week.

TE Dustin Keller (1 targets)

Keller drew a pass interference penalty deep in Dolphins territory to set up the Jets first TD, but he was barely part of the game plan after that. He was not on the same page as Sanchez on an option route, and his role as the playmaker in the passing offense seems to have been usurped by Braylon Edwards.

Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne, Pass: 20 - 26 - 241 - 2 TD / 0 INT

Henne had a big-time performance in front of a national audience that announced his arrival as the QB of the present for the Dolphins. He was mainly a game manager early in the contest, often yielding to the wildcat formation, but when the Dolphins needed to make plays in the passing game in the fourth quarter, Henne rose to the occasion. His mobility, arm strength, and poise all showed up as big assets. He was very effective early on short third downs, but not so much when the running game failed to get him out of a third and long situation - until the game's final drive, when Henne converted two key third downs. One was in the face of massive pressure, and the other was on a designed rollout where Henne threw a laser on the run. Henne also threw a gorgeous deep ball to Ted Ginn for an earlier fourth quarter TD that added the dimension that was lacking from the passing offense when Chad Pennington was in. Henne also used his mobility and arm strength on his first TD pass to Anthony Fasano. The tilt of the offense toward the run limits Henne's fantasy upside, but this game proved that he does indeed have some.

QB Pat White, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0

White got in on the game's final drive and ran the spread option well, handing off once to Ronnie Brown, and keeping once for a good gain, but any dreams of White taking over soon because of shortcomings from Chad Henne vanished in this game.

RB Ronnie Brown, Pass: 1 - 2 - 21 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 21 - 74 - 2, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (4 targets)

Brown wasn't explosive was he was very effective in the wildcat and on his conventional runs. The offensive line was getting a consistent good push, and Brown's combination of power, patience, and burst created solid gains to keep the Dolphins in good down and distance situations all night. He broke a lot of tackles down around his ankles to get extra yardage at the end of his runs. Brown showed that he is the master of the wildcat again, even completing a downfield pass to Anthony Fasano on the move early in the game to force the Jets defense to honor that dimension of the wildcat. Brown had a few receptions as a checkdown, but none resulted in good gains, and he also dropped a pass in the red zone. Brown scored twice on short TD runs, once out of the wildcat, and he also had a first and goal carry inside the five that was unsuccessful, followed up by Henne's TD pass to Fasano. As long as the Dolphins keep games close, he is looking like a fantasy RB1.

RB Ricky Williams, Rush: 11 - 68 - 0, Rec: 3 - 70 - 0 (3 targets)

Williams continues to defy his age, running with great power and speed on most every touch. He broke a screen pass for a very long gain by cutting back across the field, and he consistently broke tackles and got to the open field when there was daylight. Williams got red zone touches inside the 10, including a run where he dove for the pylon, but was pushed out before he could get to it. Williams has done an excellent job of creating fantasy value on limited touches, and he will be a good flex play as long as the Dolphins are competitive.

WR Greg Camarillo, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (3 targets)

Camarillo made a few key late receptions to gain the trust of Henne, but the passing pie is not big enough for his modest slice to equal fantasy value.

WR Davone Bess, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)

Bess only got a few very short receptions, but he showed his tackle-breaking ability on a few of them. He is going to have only marginal value as long as the Dolphins can have a run-heavy offense.

WR Ted Ginn, Rec: 2 - 57 - 1 (2 targets)

Ginn had a key early third-down reception, but he was not heard from again until catching a long bomb to give the Dolphins a temporary fourth quarter lead. He burned Darrelle Revis, which is something few wide receivers can say. He is not going to be the #1 WR the Dolphins hoped he would be, but with Chad Henne's arm strength, he'll be a fine bye week/injury play in the hopes that Henne finds him deep.

TE Anthony Fasano, Rec: 4 - 38 - 1 (7 targets)

Fasano had his best game of the year, including a short TD catch from Henne and his longest catch of the day from Ronnie Brown out of the wildcat, but this game represents his ceiling, so he is still only a bottom-end backup fantasy TE.