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RamView: Week 16 – Part 7

Special teams: It’s hard not to like Danny Amendola; he’s a real gamer. But several times this year he’s committed one of the premier sins for a kick returner: getting caught by the kicker. On an otherwise terrific 34-yard punt return in the 3rd, he not only got tackled by the punter, he got stripped of the ball. Arizona recovered, drove on for a TD, and Amendola’s fumble was as big a turning point of this game as any. Amendola set up a 4th-quarter score with a 24-yard return around blocks by Samkon Gado and Chris Chamberlain. Arizona kicked off away from him, respecting his breakaway threat. (Note to Mike Karney: you may want to let your returner field short, high kicks instead of running him over to do it yourself.) If Amendola hadn’t fumbled, that return was getting called back for a Cord Parks penalty anyway, but special teams coach Tom McMahon still needs to get on him for letting himself get tackled by the kicker. Missing the TD was bad enough there, let alone the turnover. Though he’ll probably get screwed over for the Pro Bowl again this week, Donnie Jones had his usual day at the office, 49.2 a punt. Yawn.

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