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Why don't more punt returners do this?


chad72

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If I see something close to the sidelines and inside the 10, I get out of bounds right away and try to come down with the ball.  That is such a ridiculous gain in field position to the 40, I wonder why it hasn't been brought up by coaches over the years.

 

I wish the Colts' punt returner during the Chargers' Scifres game knew about it when all those Scifres punts were going out of bounds close to the 5 yard line.

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, chad72 said:

 

 

If I see something close to the sidelines and inside the 10, I get out of bounds right away and try to come down with the ball.  That is such a ridiculous gain in field position to the 40, I wonder why it hasn't been brought up by coaches over the years.

 

I wish the Colts' punt returner during the Chargers' Scifres game knew about it when all those Scifres punts were going out of bounds close to the 5 yard line.

 

 

 

 

This only applies to kickoffs. If a punt goes out of bounds, the receiving team gets the ball at the spot where the ball went out of bounds. That includes if the returner steps out of bounds to field the punt.

 

On a kickoff, if the ball goes out of bounds, the receiving team gets the ball at their own 40 (or if the ball goes out past the 40, at the spot where it goes out). That includes if the returner steps out of bounds to field the kickoff. And I think plenty of teams are aware of this, and have the returner step out of bounds when it's close. This example is a little extreme, I've never seen a guy go all the way out and stretch to touch the ball like this.

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13 minutes ago, chad72 said:

 

 

If I see something close to the sidelines and inside the 10, I get out of bounds right away and try to come down with the ball.  That is such a ridiculous gain in field position to the 40, I wonder why it hasn't been brought up by coaches over the years.

 

I wish the Colts' punt returner during the Chargers' Scifres game knew about it when all those Scifres punts were going out of bounds close to the 5 yard line.

 

 

 

It doesn't apply to punts

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2 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

This only applies to kickoffs. If a punt goes out of bounds, the receiving team gets the ball at the spot where the ball went out of bounds. That includes if the returner steps out of bounds to field the punt.

 

On a kickoff, if the ball goes out of bounds, the receiving team gets the ball at their own 40 (or if the ball goes out past the 40, at the spot where it goes out). That includes if the returner steps out of bounds to field the kickoff. And I think plenty of teams are aware of this, and have the returner step out of bounds when it's close. This example is a little extreme, I've never seen a guy go all the way out and stretch to touch the ball like this.

 

Duh!!! Kickoffs indeed, I stand corrected.

 

Now that there is no incentive to take it back since you can fair catch it at the 4 or 5 yard line and start at the 25, if it is anywhere close to the sidelines, the kickoff returner should definitely be made aware of this.

 

Also, for an INT in the end zone or a touchback, do they get it at the 20 yard line or 25 yard line?

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