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What made Jerry Hughes a punt blocker

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2016 – 3:14 am

Bills special teams coordinator Danny Crossman knew Seattle had a rookie long snapper and felt there was an advantage to be had for Buffalo’s punt return unit if he had the right guy for the job. Head coach Rex Ryan gave him permission to use his best pass rusher and it all worked at the start of Monday night’s game in Seattle.

After the defense sent the Seattle offense three-and-out on their first possession, Hughes beat his man and blocked Jon Ryan’s punt, which went out of bounds at the three-yard line. A play later Tyrod Taylor was running into the end zone.

“It was Danny Crossman,” said head coach Rex Ryan on where credit should be given. “We knew they had a rookie long snapper who was struggling a little bit in protection and we put our best player in there and Jerry made a great play.”


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