Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were down two points to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday when they were about to get the ball back with just over two minutes to play. You know how this story goes ... yet another improbable, routine Rodgers-led comeback, the quarterback again bailing out his mediocre team and underwhelming head coach. Except he never got the chance. Packers return man Ty Montgomery had been told to take a knee. Take the touchback and give Rodgers the ball at the 25-yard line. Hell, all they needed to do was burn up enough of the clock (they still had a timeout, too) and kick a field goal to win it. Instead, Montgomery caught the ball 2 yards inside the end zone and decided to run with it. “The plan there is to stay in the end zone,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “There’s decisions and Ty’s in that decision situation, and I’m sure Ty was trying to make a play.” Just as Montgomery crossed the 20, Rams special teamer Ramik … [Read more...] about The Packers are pissed at Ty Montgomery for that atrocious kick return
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By Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle Published 4:38 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin (21) gains yardage in front of New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) less Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin (21) gains yardage in front of New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, ... more Photo: Steven Senne/Associated Press Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin (21) avoids a tackle by New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) during the second half as the Houston Texans take on the New York Giants at NRG Stadium Sunday Sept. 23, 2018 in Houston. less Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin (21) avoids a tackle by New York Giants wide receiver … [Read more...] about Texans kick returner Tyler Ervin off to good start
Greg Beacham, Ap Sports Writer Updated 9:35 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro kick returner Pharoh Cooper will be placed on the Los Angeles Rams' injured reserve list after he severely sprained his ankle in the season opener at Oakland. Cooper will need surgery to repair his ankle, coach Sean McVay said Wednesday. The injury throws an early obstacle into the path of the Rams (1-0), who won the NFC West last season with four Pro Bowlers leading their nearly flawless special teams units. All four returned this season, with All-Pro kicker Greg Zuerlein and All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker alongside Cooper and long snapper Jake McQuaide. "What a great competitor and a tough guy," McVay said about Cooper. "It's unfortunate, but I think if there's anybody that's going to respond the right way and just do what he can to get back sooner than later, it's going to be Pharoh." Cooper emerged as an elite kick returner last season, his … [Read more...] about Rams All-Pro kick returner Pharoh Cooper headed to IR
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 8:10 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 Detroit Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano said he still has not settled on a kick returner with less than a week to go before the team's season-opening game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Marciano said "about eight guys" are in the mix to return kickoffs at some point this fall, including Jamal Agnew, Kerryon Johnson, TJ Jones and Brandon Powell. Agnew was an All-Pro punt returner last season, when he led the NFL in punt-return average (15.4 yards per return) and took two punts back for touchdowns, but he ranked near the bottom of the league in kick returns. Earlier this year, Marciano said Agnew's struggles in the kick-return department – he averaged just 17.8 yards per return – were a "direct reflect of bad coaching on my part," and that the Lions' inability to execute a wedge block "got (Agnew) killed." The NFL outlawed wedge blocking, where two blockers form a … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ kick returner job still up in the air; who’s in hunt?
This is the eighth of a series on 10 key questions facing the Buffalo Bills entering training camp. Read the rest of the series here. The Buffalo Bills' offense can use all the help it can get in 2018. The quarterback is new. The offensive line is rebuilt. The wide receiving corps is unproven, at best. Getting more help from the kickoff and punt return game would be a welcome boost for the Bills' attack. It's not too much to ask because the return game was no means great in 2017. The Bills ranked 12th in punt return average and 24th in kickoff return average. Buffalo was the only team in the NFL that didn't have a single kickoff return of 30 or more yards last year. Brandon Tate handled both punt and kickoff return duties last year but he was not brought back. So both jobs are wide open and will be decided in training camp and preseason. Sixth-round draft pick Ray-Ray McCloud might be the Bills' best hope for a game-breaking addition to the return game. He ranked seventh in the nation … [Read more...] about Bills Training Camp Question No. 8: Who takes over the kick return jobs?