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Sunday, September 27, 2009

WitP: Mouton, Bess, Sopoaga, Ulbrich, Elam, Ingram, Veikune, RGM

Ryan Mouton had a hell of game today, but not in a good way.
Titans kickoff returner Javon Ringer was supposed to be the bearer of gifts for the Jets special teams, but he was ineffective in the first two games of the season and Tennessee switched to rookie Ryan Mouton Sunday.

Bad move.

Mouton, who worked with the starters for the first time last week in practice, fumbled his first kickoff return following the Jets’ opening drive score and then coughed up the ball midway through the third quarter on a punt.

Both fumbles, which were forced by linebacker Jason Trusnick and wide receiver Brad Smith, respectively, led to touchdowns and were the difference in the Jets’ 24-17 victory Sunday over the winless Titans at Giants Stadium.
On the bright side, Mouton had 3 tackles on defense.

Davone Bess led Miami with 7 catches for 54 yards, and had 1 rush for 11 yards along with 1 punt return for 9 yards, but the Dolphins lost to San Diego 23-13.

Isaac Sopoaga had 3 solo tackles vs Minnesota. Jeff Ulbrich suffered a right quad contusion.

Jason Elam kicked 1 field goal for 26 yards in the Falcons loss to the Patriots.

New England long snapper Jake Ingram was profiled in EnterpriseNews.com on Friday.

Earlier in the week, Cleveland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had some good things to say about David Veikune.
(On David Veikune and Kaluka Maiava)- “I tell you, it’s exciting. It is exciting. These kids are coming on. Those two young men you mentioned right there, they’re going to be good players. They really are. You can see them growing. It’s like all of a sudden now they have beards. It’s like, ‘Gosh, they’re men now.’ They’re just waiting for their opportunity. They really are and they’re going to be good when they get in there, they really are. Here are guys, probably used to playing every snap they’ve ever played, now they’re backups. Usually you see a little lull in the action, it takes a while, but now, they’re growing. They’re coming on fast. Both those kids, they’re coming on fast and they’re going to be good players. It’s really exciting to see those guys every day, because they work hard and they’re getting better.”
Over in the CFL, Ryan Grice-Mullen caught 1 pass for 21 yards, returned 5 kicks for 115 yards and returned 2 punts for 25 yards in BC's loss to Calgary. He was also profiled by Canwest News Service last week.
Grice-Mullen may have fallen short of advance billing with just nine catches on offence, but coach Wally Buono understood the value of a player with 4.3- second speed and stuck with the 23-year-old despite some punt drops in practice.

Now it’s starting to pay off directly in wins, which goes a long way to hide the fact Grice-Mullen’s teammates on the specialty units had a whopping nine penalties against Toronto.

Grice-Mullen’s 11.6-yard punt return average is second in the CFL, and if the Lions can get fellow returner Ian Smart activated they could have potentially the best tandem in the league.


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