Rashied Davis couldn’t contain that devious smile. Whatever is going on, he’s not telling — and you can tell he’d love to.
Rashied Davis couldn’t contain that devious smile.
Whatever is going on, he’s not telling — and you can tell he’d love to.
“We have something for them,” he said about Sunday's noon opponent, the Detroit Lions. Specifically, it has to do with kickoff returns. That much you could tell.
Now that Philadelphia managed to avoid return man Devin Hester by kicking away from him for the entire game last Sunday, the Chicago Bears apparently worked on a Plan B this week in practice.
Remember, the Eagles at least kicked the ball in play. Someone on the Bears at least fielded it, then ran with it. Davis, for one. Three times for an 8-yard average. Adrian Peterson had one for 2 yards.
Hester, when he’s gotten his chances this season, has averaged 23.6 yards on 19 attempts with one for a touchdown.
Davis sounded frustrated talking about his returns Sunday.
“It’s tough, but I can get more yards,” he said. “I can do my best to get more yards and get up field as fast as I can.
“I guess they’re kicking it to me. It’s tough. By the time we’re catching the ball, because they’re kicking it so high, they’re right up on us. So we have to make moves real quick.”
Davis said they have to move people around to different positions because “no one is going to kick it to Devin. We know they’re not going to kick it to Devin.
“So we have to figure out ways to make them kick it to Devin.”
Good luck with that. But that’s the plan.
“If I’m able to get a big return or A.P. (Peterson), if we’re able to start hurting people that way, then they’ll have to start kicking it to Devin,” Davis said. “Or we get great field position like we’ve been getting, and the offense is playing great. Teams are not going to want to kick it, and they’re not going to be able to kick it away — they can’t give up the field position.
“Part of it is us making plays — the other returners, and the offense making plays.”
Davis, Danieal Manning and Peterson are the primary off returners, the guys who line up in front of Hester. Rookie Garrett Wolfe was given a look as a return man in training camp and preseason, but admits the others are better options.
“Those are guys who have done it for a longer time at this level,” the 5-foot-7, 186-pound Wolfe said. “Danieal has proved he’s very productive, and besides, you still have to have someone back there to block for Devin if they do kick it to him. I don’t know about going down there and blocking one of those 5’s” (oncoming tacklers who certainly are bigger than him)."
Davis said there are no rules on shifting around. “You can do that any time you want,” he said.
How ‘bout swapping jerseys with Hester — let him wear your No. 81 and you wear his No. 23?
“I will, but we will get fined a lot of money,” he said, laughing. “It might be worth it at the Super Bowl, if we get back, Lord-willing.”
Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for rrstar.com. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.