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    Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    Unit-by-unit special teams rankings
    Mike Tanier / FootballOutsiders.com
    20 August 2006
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5862990

    17. Vikings: Ryan Longwell replaces Paul Edinger, who kicked his way out of the league by missing too many 33-yard field goals. Longwell is losing leg strength but won't miss many easy ones. Punter Chris Kluwe was excellent early in the 2005 season, averaging 47.6 yards per punt over his first five games, but he tried to kick through a knee injury in the second half of the season and faded badly.Lefty John Torp was signed to compete with Kluwe. Koren Robinson provided a spark on kickoff returns last season, but personal problems cloud his future.. Jason Carter, Troy Williamson, Kevin Kaspar and Mewelde Moore are auditioning for the return jobs. Williamson has the most big-play potential, but he fumbled his first attempt of the preseason.

    23. Bears: Robbie Gould was accurate on short field goals as a rookie but didn't convert any attempts from beyond 45 yards last season. Josh Huston will push Gould in camp. Rookie Devin Hester, who returned four kicks for touchdowns at Miami in 2004, will return kicks and punts. Hester is an incredible athlete, but he's injury and mistake prone. Brad Maynard is a fine bad-weather punter, but he sometimes boots the ball into the end zone when he should be pinning it. The coverage units, led by Brendon Ayanbadejo (18 solo special teams tackles), were outstanding last year.

    26. Lions: Special teams were the Lions' strength from 2002-04, but last year they slipped badly. The organizational malaise infected the coverage units, and opponents returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns. Jason Hanson is automatic on short field goals but struggles from 45-yards out. Return man Eddie Drummond was stellar in 2004 but a non-factor last year; he's a decisive runner with a tremendous burst and can be dangerous if he gets some blocks. Punter Nick Harris did a fine job pinning opponents last year and is a fine directional kicker. Coordinator Chuck Priefer was retained from the last coaching regime; he should have some success settling the coverage units and getting Drummond back on track.

    32. Packers: New coordinator Mike Stock was successful with the Chiefs in the 1990s, but his 2004 season in St. Louis was a disaster. He inherits a muddled mess. Kicker Ryan Longwell, signed with the Vikings, leaving David Rayner with the job. Rayner spent last season as a mediocre kickoff specialist in Indianapolis. Thirteen different players returned kicks for the Packers in 2005, and none of them were any good. Rookie Greg Jennings holds the edge over fellow newbies Will Blackmon and Cory Rodgers in the battle for the return jobs. B.J. Sander was the worst punter in the NFL last year according to our measures, costing the Packers 13.1 points worth of field position compared to an average punter. Former CFL standout Jon Ryan is beating Sander in camp. Rookie Brady Poppinga was among the best kick gunners in the league before getting hurt last season. Poppinga is on the mend from an ACL tear but should be back by the start of the season.


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    Re: Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    I think you also have to look on Special Team Defense, we got some great hitters in Blue and Griffin.. Offord is a ST captain..

    Also Fason was a great blocker last year for K-Rob on ST Offense


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    Re: Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    "skum" wrote:
    I think you also have to look on Special Team Defense, we got some great hitters in Blue and Griffin.. Offord is a ST captain..

    Also Fason was a great blocker last year for K-Rob on ST Offense
    True dat....I'd like to see Heath Farwell involved on SP teams more often. The guy is everywhere!

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    Re: Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    From what I've seen in the pre-season so far I would call that a very generous prediction.
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    Re: Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    i would not want griffin running at full speed trying to kill me, thats for sure.
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    26. Lions: Special teams were the Lions' strength from 2002-04, but last year they slipped badly.
    haha.. thats because their defense and offense was almost not existant, they had to have something considered a "strength"


    and yeah, griffin & blue on special teams..... imagine if we still had tank williams.........


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    Re: Unit-by-unit special teams rankings

    heh.. if i was watching that group we have flying down the field and i was point on the wedge...

    u could say i'd have nightmares starting from the time i loaded my pants till the time i was knocked backwards and landed on the now squishy tush..


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