Thursday, October 19, 2006

Special Teams Yet To Be Special

The Eagles special teams are still waiting to make their mark. During last week's 27-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the special teams arguably had their worst game. The Eagles Dexter Wynn averaged just 18.8 yards on five kickoffs and 5 yards on two punts.
Wynn at times has seemed on the brink of making a big return, only to be tackled. The Eagles longest kick return this season has been 34 yards by Wynn. The longest punt return is 23 yards by Reno Mahe, who missed last week with an ankle injury.
A team with an explosive special teams returner, puts a lot of pressure on the defense. The Eagles haven't done that this season.
The Birds have done a good job of covering punts, allowing just 4.8 yards per return. Eagles' opponents are averaging 22.7 yards on kickoff returns.
Punter Dirk Johnson hasn't performed as expected, which is surprising, especially after his impressive preseason. Johnson has just a 36.6 net punting average.
Kicker David Akers is 6 for 8 on field goals and remains the Eagles' most dangerous special teams weapon.
Right now the Eagles' special teams don't, or at least shouldn't scare the opposition. That could all change with a big return or two, something the Eagles desperately need to get their special teams back on track.

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