Rookie returner keeps Fins surging
MIAMI GARDENS — Rookie returner Kenyan Drake was delighted to find himself at the bottom of a pile of players, because they were Miami teammates in the end zone.
Drake caused the celebration when he scored untouched on a 96-yard kickoff return with 5:15 left, the final swing in a seesaw game.
A botched Dolphins punt led to a touchdown that put the Jets ahead 23-20. New York pinned Jakeem Grant deep on the ensuing kickoff, but Antonio Allen was flagged for offside.
On the re-kick, the weary coverage team found itself chasing a fresh Drake, Grant's backup. He sped past the final Jet — kicker Nick Folk — into the clear.
"I was trying to remember what my track coach said: to keep those knees up," Drake said.
Even his teammates gave chase.
"Everyone was running down the sideline," Ajayi said. "I was trying to beat him to the end zone. I was so excited for him."
The Dolphins won their third in a row, while New York fell deeper into last place in the AFC East.