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Old 11-14-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
 
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Saints Special Teams Play Forgetable ...

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Grading the New Orleans Saints' special teams at midseason | New Orleans Saints Central - - NOLA.com

With Reggie dancing with the stars back there, can Roby step up for us? Should we use Henderson or Meachem a little more?

On the positive side, our punter can hang them up pretty good.
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... so far.

Grading the New Orleans Saints' special teams at midseason | New Orleans Saints Central - - NOLA.com

With Reggie dancing with the stars back there, can Roby step up for us? Should we use Henderson or Meachem a little more?

On the positive side, our punter can hang them up pretty good.

But that isn't the case, particularly in the punt return game, where breakaway threat Reggie Bush has found little room to roam.
This part from tha article says a lot. Its hard to run without blocking. All bush need is an opening but there are never any there.
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Return/cover units
Grade: C
Analysis
Of the four return and cover units, only the kick return unit is playing well enough to be ranked in the top 10 in the league.
The Saints are averaging 24.7 yards on kick returns, eighth in the NFL. Roby leads the way, averaging 26.2 yards on 20 returns with a long of 87 yards against the Dolphins.
In the other three areas, the Saints rank 31st in punt returns (3.9 yards), 27th in punt return defense (11.2 yards) and 28th in kick return defense (25.1 yards).
Pierson Prioleau and Roby lead in special teams tackles with eight apiece, and Chris Reis has six.
Highlight: With the Saints leading 17-13 at halftime, the kick return coverage unit forced a turnover to open the second half at Philadelphia. Rookie Malcolm Jenkins stripped the ball from kick returner Ellis Hobbs, and Reis recovered at the Eagles' 22. Three plays later, the Saints scored on Heath Evans' 11-yard catch-and-run to extend their lead to 24-13 en route to a 48-22 victory.
Low point: The Saints' kick- and punt-return coverage units did not have a good day against the New York Giants. Return specialist Domenik Hixon averaged 32.9 yards on seven kick returns (with a long of 68 yards) and 25.5 yards on four punt returns (with a long of 27 yards).



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