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so uh... about the return game


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46 minutes ago, Khyber53 said:

Ammendola was out there, available at the start of this offseason (he couldn't find a team last year). Somehow he was missed in our search. Go figure.

Technically he wasn't missed in our search, we actually signed him back in March but released him in May lol.  But either way, he didn't even attempt a FG or XP so it's too soon to say whether we missed out on anything.  His punts were pretty respectable for a placekicker but we have one of the best punters in the league.  TBD whether he can actually kick balls through the uprights.

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17 minutes ago, LinvilleGorge said:

I don't think Shi Smith ever returned punts at SC. 

Newsome would seem an ideal fill in for Smith while he's out and a better practice squad WR than our current ones once Smith is back.

I'd just give him Erikson's roster spot and both could stay on active roster instead of one of them getting plucked. Nobody would be looking to pluck Erikson.  

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11 minutes ago, Carl Spackler said:

It's almost like they're *whispers* not that different

Most coaches preach discipline / reducing penalties / not beating yourselves. 

The big difference between Rivera and Rhule is that Rhule is building a roster at the moment. Rivera never managed that. 

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1 hour ago, OldhamA said:

Most coaches preach discipline / reducing penalties / not beating yourselves. 

The big difference between Rivera and Rhule is that Rhule is building a roster at the moment. Rivera never managed that. 

Honestly, I think Rhule is building a roster that's mostly comprised of players he coached in college, and people he inherited. Not convinced that's an upgrade over Rivera.

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4 hours ago, chknwing said:

what return game?

It’s amazing how much we expect. Erickson was 12th amount punt returners with at least 9 punt returns (lots with 1 to 4) at 10.1 ypr. He averaged 10.3 ypr yesterday.

Sure, he didn’t look like he’s going to break one, but that would have been close to top 10 average last year and he never once looked shaky. Maybe Shi will give us a boost, but if you told me we’d have a guy who hangs on to the ball and gets me 10 yards per return, I’d take that all year. The last few years it felt like an adventure every time we fielded a punt. I’m over that.

Also, we had a thread in here about bringing Cooper back. He averaged 5.9 ypr last year. Cooper’s career average is 8.9 ypr. Seems like white guy = slow even though we sure didn’t seem to have a lot of Jets blocked on the first two returns. We averaged 6.8 ypr as a team in 2019 and 6.9 ypr in 2018. Seems to me that maybe we need to celebrate having 50% more yards per punt return than the past 3 years and a punt returner who doesn’t appear to be scared to field a punt.

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38 minutes ago, stbugs said:

It’s amazing how much we expect. Erickson was 12th amount punt returners with at least 9 punt returns (lots with 1 to 4) at 10.1 ypr. He averaged 10.3 ypr yesterday.

Sure, he didn’t look like he’s going to break one, but that would have been close to top 10 average last year and he never once looked shaky. Maybe Shi will give us a boost, but if you told me we’d have a guy who hangs on to the ball and gets me 10 yards per return, I’d take that all year. The last few years it felt like an adventure every time we fielded a punt. I’m over that.

Also, we had a thread in here about bringing Cooper back. He averaged 5.9 ypr last year. Cooper’s career average is 8.9 ypr. Seems like white guy = slow even though we sure didn’t seem to have a lot of Jets blocked on the first two returns. We averaged 6.8 ypr as a team in 2019 and 6.9 ypr in 2018. Seems to me that maybe we need to celebrate having 50% more yards per punt return than the past 3 years and a punt returner who doesn’t appear to be scared to field a punt.

yeah but our coverage was awesome 

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