A voice and leg familiar to metropolitan sports fans will handle the television duties for the New York Jets’ Week 3 contest on CBS.
The CBS team for Sunday’s tilt between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos is rife with familiarity for New York sports fans both on and off the football field.
Week 3 NFL announcer pairings unveiled on Audacy revealed that Spero Dedes and Jay Feely will be on the mics for the showdown at Mile High, which will serve as the undefeated Broncos’ 2021 home opener.
Dedes, a Paramus, NJ native, is in the midst of his 12th full season calling NFL games for CBS. Other Dedes-based duties at CBS include play-by-play work toward their college football and basketball coverage.
Locally, Dedes previously served as the radio voice of the New York Knicks (2011-14) on 98.7 ESPN (WEPN-FM) and the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Gladiators.
Dedes has also filled in for Ian Eagle in calling locally-broadcast Jets preseason games on WCBS. More recently, Dedes is perhaps known from a green perspective for calling the Jets’ come-from-behind victory over Buffalo in December 2018.
Sam Darnold has time today #NYJvsBUF pic.twitter.com/s2tAMNy8CC
— Shannon Person (@SP_AllDay) December 9, 2018
His lone Gang Green experience from 2020 was their infamous last-minute loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in December, a game made notorious by then-Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ ill-advised blitz call.
Derek Carr hits Henry Ruggs for the win. #Jets will stay winless, which might just be a good thing. Holy cow.pic.twitter.com/WT4eD70mYr
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 6, 2020
Feely moved to Dedes’ booth this season, as the latter’s old partner, former NFL safety Adam Archuleta, is now paired with Greg Gumbel and AJ Ross. The ex-kicker has been an analyst for NFL on CBS since 2017 and has also served as a sideline reporter. He was part of Turner Sports’ Michigan contingent during the Wolverines-centered broadcast of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
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On the field, Feely spent two of his 14 NFL seasons with the Jets (2008-09) in a career that also featured two years with the Giants (2005-06). During his latter season in green, Feely broke a team record by converting his 24th consecutive field goal attempt as a member of the Jets, breaking a mark held by Pat Leahy.
Feely called three Jet games last season, including two alongside Gumbel and Rich Gannon (Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers and Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks) and one next to Tom McCarthy (Week 17 at New England).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags