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Detroit Lions special teams report card – Week 3

Lions special teams report card vs Denver Broncos Week 3

OVERALL: C+

The obvious miscue was Matt Prater having an extra point blocked. Punter Sam Martin boomed a 66-yard punt. TJ Jones had a nice punt return. The Lions special teams aren’t doing anything to lose games but are also not contributing much to giving the team a better chance to win. This team is starving for either a splash play or a special teams turnover caused.

PLACEKICKING: D

Prater missed his only kick of the night–an extra point attempt. He is now 5-of-6 on extra points and has one field goal on one attempt this year.

PUNTING: B

Sam Martin had five punts, for an average of 46.6 yards, with a long of 66 yards. Only one of his five punts remained behind the Broncos 20-yard line.

KICKOFFS: A

All three of Martin’s kickoffs went for touchbacks.

KICKOFF RETURNS: INC.

The Lions never returned a kickoff.

PUNT RETURNS: B+

Jones was sent deep to return a punt, not Golden Tate. He had a return of 28 yards.  Again, the Lions return game is much better than last year and this preseason.

KICKOFF COVERAGE: INC.

The Broncos never returned a kickoff.

PUNT COVERAGE: B+

It was a good night for the punt coverage team, as they only allowed two returns on five punts. The returns were for four and eight yards.

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