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Packers kickoff return aggressive with Shields

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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The common inclination with kickoffs knocked several yards into the end zone is to take a knee. Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum said the general rule is to down anything beyond three yards in and take the ball at the 20-yard line. The Packers, however, have tossed out that way of thinking since Sam Shields took over at kick returner three games ago against the Dallas Cowboys. “With Sam’s speed here the last couple games, we’ve been very aggressive with our approach of bringing the ball out,” Slocum said. Shields has fielded six kickoffs since taking over the job, including four against Atlanta. Four of the six were brought out of the end zone. Three of those were at least four yards in. The new endeavor has been feast or famine for the undrafted rookie out of Miami. Shields had two returns of 15 yards against the Falcons after taking the kick from four and two yards in the end zone. That left the offense starting inside its own 15-yard line in both instances. “We went in to the game with an aggressive mindset in terms of returns,” Slocum said. “Just through all the study and everything we knew about how they did their operation. “Thought we should have knelt the one he got the penalty on. When you get a ball that wide in the end zone, normally your spacing is not going to be good. Particularly when you’re trying to run the ball across the other side of the field.” But Shields also has a 37-yard return and a 49-yarder that were taken from five and six yards deep, respectively. Basically, Shields has the green light on returns regardless if it’s kicked several yards into the end zone. Slocum and the coaching staff believe his speed makes up the difference. So far, there have been mixed results.

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