Three days did nothing to suppress the raw emotions of Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer.
Responding to questions for the first time since the Jets allowed Marcus Jones’ game-winning 84-yard touchdown return with five seconds left in a 10-3 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, Boyer was still flustered by the stunning finish.
“I feel bad about the way it went,” Boyer said after practice Wednesday. “These guys have been playing their ass all year. That it happened specifically at this time is inexcusable, and it’s 100% on me.
Boyer declined to comment on whether Braden Mann was supposed to throw the ball out of bounds to help push the game into overtime. He was also tight-lipped on whether officials missed a back block penalty against the Patriots that would have taken the touchdown off the scoreboard and forced a 44-yard field goal attempt “because I will be fined. . ”
“It doesn’t matter where that ball is kicked,” Boyer said. “We have to cover it. …When the chips are down … our group has to make do in the clutch.
Boyer knew punt coverage was in trouble “right away” because “they had guys outside of our guys.”
“The whole team was fighting, scratching and clawing,” Boyer said. “Coming to this, I feel for all these guys.”
It looked like the Jets were setting up a miracle wing-based comeback on the ensuing kickoff, but an undecided Elijah Moore went out of bounds after time expired.
“The last two games don’t appeal to me at all,” Boyer said. “I’m on fire about this to be honest with you.”
The outlook for Sunday is bright for receiver Corey Davis — who was in full practice after missing the last three games with a knee injury — and right guard Nate Herbig (shin). Herbig remains limited but the Jets “feel really good” about his chances of playing.
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LB Quincy Williams (ankle) and LT Duane Brown (shoulder) were limited. TE Kenny Yeboah (calf) and DT Sheldon Rankins (elbow) did not train, and coach Robert Saleh appeared pessimistic about their matchday availability.
OT George Fant’s return to the training ground was a feast for the eyes. On the injured list since Sept. 27, Fant has up to three weeks to be activated or retired for the season.
Fant was supposed to be the starting left tackle when training camp opened. Then he moved to right tackle after Brown signed to replace the injured Mekhi Becton. He started the first three games at left tackle when Brown was sidelined. Now he is likely to take over soon at the right tackle for Cedric Ogbuehi as long as Brown remains healthy.