Welcome to PatsFans.com

Two questions on kick returns

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by ctpatsfan77, Dec 12, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2005
    Messages:
    21,139
    Likes Received:
    359
    Ratings:
    +966 / 17 / -8

    #3 Jersey

    (1) What would happen if a kick returner, trying to field a kickoff, ends up with his foot out of bounds in the back of the endzone while he has the ball?

    (2) What would have happened if Antonio Cromartie had done the same thing on his record-setting FG return?
     
  2. xmarkd400x

    xmarkd400x 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,746
    Likes Received:
    6
    Ratings:
    +6 / 0 / -0

    Touchback.

    If a player has his foot out of bounds between the end zones when he picks up the ball, the ball is considered out of bounds and a penalty is assessed.
     
  3. unoriginal

    unoriginal In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2006
    Messages:
    3,274
    Likes Received:
    81
    Ratings:
    +243 / 3 / -1

    In both those cases I believe the result is a touchback.
     
  4. Oswlek

    Oswlek In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    4,309
    Likes Received:
    39
    Ratings:
    +141 / 6 / -0

    Correct. If a players momentum carries them OOB it is a touchback. For a non-kick example of this, see Samuel's second int against Philly. He took three steps in the EZ after making the catch and then just ran OOB.
     
  5. Ethan 55

    Ethan 55 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    I think if Cromartie's foot would have been out of bounds when he caught the ball, the ball would have been placed at the spot of the kick, since it's just a missed FG at that point.

    On a kickoff return it's definitely a touchback.
     
  6. sebman2112

    sebman2112 In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2007
    Messages:
    4,535
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Yea, with the FG return it depends on when his foot steps out of bounds. Let's say he catches the missed fieldgoal, takes two steps, then steps out of bounds. That's a touchback. If Cromartie had stepped out of bounds while trying to catch the ball, then it's simply a missed fieldgoal, and the ball returns to the spot of the kick.

    Obviously it's a touchback if you step out of bounds in the endzone during a KR.
     
  7. onegameatatime

    onegameatatime Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    I noticed on the Samuel interception against Philly, it looked like he easily could have stopped before running OOB, but jogged OOB. Since no one commented on it, I assumed that was a touchback.

    What if he runs around in the EZ and gets tackled? I assume it's still a TB as long as he never brought it out.
     
  8. drew4008

    drew4008 In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    2,367
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    Your assumption is correct.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>