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Ferguson and the O-line Quiet the Critics


Jets second-year offensive left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was getting a little slack early in the 2007 season for not playing up to the hype he had being selected in the first round in 2006. He had played poorly in the preseason, and there was even talk of him possibly being a “bust”, despite it still being very early in his career. Well, along came Sunday, and Ferguson and the rest of the Jets O-line by far played their best game of the season, as the Jets beat the Dolphin 31-28 at the Meadowlands. While it won’t show up on paper, Ferguson was a big part of the teams first win of the year, halting the pass rush of one of the league’s best – Jason Taylor.

Along with stopping Taylor and allowing Chad Pennington time to throw, Ferguson also did an excellent job opening holes for back Thomas Jones, who had his best day in a Jets uniform. Jones gained 110 yards on the ground, 92 of them in the second half. “It definitely was a team effort,” Ferguson said. “There’s so many different guys that step up at critical times, it’s so hard to pinpoint, but it’s just a great unit.” Ferguson and the line will continue to have to play well for the Jets, as you can bet this week in Buffalo a desperate Bills team will do whatever they can to halt the success the Jets had Sunday vs Miami. While Ferguson is off the hot seat for now, another strong outing Sunday will do wonders to keep the naysayers off his back for awhile.

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