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Goodman returning to role as returner

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Chargers' Goodman returning to the scene
    Written by Michael Gehlken


    If there was any doubt, Richard Goodman says he'll again be the Chargers' kick returner this season.

    He looks to pick up where he left off.

    The third-year wide receiver had the NFL's highest kick return average over the final eight games in 2011. In the finale, he had his first touchdown, a 105-yard return against the Raiders.

    Goodman returns to the scene of the score Monday night.

    The Chargers open their season in Oakland at O.Co Coliseum.

    "I'm looking forward to getting back to where we ended the season at," Goodman said. "The way we ended the season, it was definitely encouraging. Coming into this year, we've got a year under our belt."

    Goodman, 25, hasn't returned a kick in a game since the Raiders game on Jan. 1.

    A groin injury limited him during training camp and the preseason, and coach Norv Turner said last week that either Goodman or Micheal Spurlock would handle the duties, to be decided leading up to the opener.

    As game day approaches, Goodman said Wednesday he'll "definitely" be the returner, and that's hardly a surprise.

    He averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff last year, good for fourth in the NFL. The Chargers' average start after kickoff was at the 22.2-yard line, ranking 11th.

    This will be special teams groups' second season under coach Rich Bisaccia.

    There is some different player personnel, including the absence of captain Jacob Hester, a locker room favorite who was released last week. The Chargers are rotating players in practice to decide his replacement on kickoff returns.

    The player will line up off Goodman near the end zone on kickoff returns.

    Goodman sees progress in the unit.

    "It's just encouraging, knowing we're a hell of a lot better than we were last year," Goodman said. "Just us understanding the scheme and what coach is looking for. Maybe it's the angle of our blocks or … me making the right cut.

    "With us finishing fourth in the National Football League with a bunch of guys knowing nothing about each other, this year, I think definitely the sky is the limit."

    Nuts 'n' Bolts
    • Nose tackle Antonio Garay returned to practice Wednesday. It was his first time participating since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 11. The Chargers aren't required to begin charting a player's participation level until Thursday. Game statuses will be released Saturday.

    • Running back Ryan Mathews went through individual drills for a second straight practice. Turner said there is no timetable for when he will graduate to team sessions. "He's a big part of what we do," Turner said. "When we started this thing, talking about this in April and May, we prepared to have a situation where we weren't going to have all our guys."

    • The Chargers are sitting at 52 players on their 53-man roster. It's possible that open spot isn't filled until next week. If they sign a veteran before Week 1, his contract will be guaranteed. If after, it won't, and free agency acquisition likely wouldn't be active against the Raiders on such short turnaround anyway.

    • Former Raiders tackle Kevan Haslam practiced Wednesday after being signed to the Chargers practice squad the day before. "I got a lot of hate online from Twitter followers, the Raiders fans," Haslam said. "I guess that's with every team, but I (think) it's worse because it's a rivalry team. It's kind of expected."
     
  2. CoronaDoug

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    "He averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff last year, good for fourth in the NFL. The Chargers' average start after kickoff was at the 22.2-yard line, ranking 11th."

    This dude was returning it pretty deep in the back of the end zone. He had one return that was decent last season. I would rather see someone else returning kicks.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Doug, you'd rather see someone else having anything to do with kicks period. ;)

    You are consistent. :p
     
  4. CoronaDoug

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    The NFL should just do away with kicking all together. :laugh:
     
  5. Skuzzlebutt

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    Thanks for posting this... considering the UT is all screwed up and even WITH a subscription you can't get through the pay wall this morning.
     
  6. AnteaterCharger

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    Goodman's role on the team is the guy who has the back up of Clary's incriminating photos of AJ and Norv with the goat, the sheep, the **** and Ol Macdonald in the hot tub. As such he can't be cut no matter what he does.
     
  7. Bolts4lyfe

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    Norv "Hey Rich, How's our return game looking?"

    Bissacia "It's good man"

    Norv "congratulations Goodman you won the job"

    Biassacia "Wait! that's not what I................"
     
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