FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong is impressed with the Eagles’ returners DeSean Jackson, Demaris Johnson and Brandon Boykin.
Here are some excerpts from Armstrong’s weekly interview session.
Q: How do you see the Eagles returners?
A: It’s a good group. A slippery group. Very slippery. All of them are explosive. They can make you miss in a phone booth. They are guys that can hit it. They are capable of making big plays. We have to do a really nice job in coverage in terms of stopping their returns.
Q: Will this be the best tandem that the Falcons have faced this season?
A: Yes. It will be. We know what DeSean can do. He can make plays. We have to respect him for that. Boykin has the speed to go make plays. (Damaris Johnson) is another that can go out there and make some plays. He does a nice job for them as well. Very slippery. Gets it up the field. He’ll return some punts.
Q: How is Mat McBriar punting for the Eagles?
A: He has a very fast handle. He’s obviously getting a second chance now. But he’s doing a nice job punting the ball and flipping the field for them in some backed up situations.
Q: How dangerous is the field goal kicker Alex Henery? He has made a 49-yarder this season.
A: I think you can get him out to 55 or 56. He does have touchback capabilities as a kickoff guy, but field goal wise he gets the ball up fast and he’s smooth. He’s got a strong leg. I worked him out. I remember him at Nebraska and he’s got the right (mindset). He can get the ball up and go take care of business.
Q: How did the bye-week self-scout go for the special teams units?
A: We’ll hit that on a weekly basis, but from a self-scout standpoint what we are basically doing is looking at things that we can get better at. Things that maybe we’ve gotten away with that maybe haven’t quite hurt us. It’s on the other team’s mind. They see it. They know it’s there. It’s exposed. It’s our DNA. Let we say, always be careful of what you put on tape. There are some things – and I won’t go into detail – that we have to fix or we going to get ourselves in some trouble. We’ve been getting away with it and we have to clean some of that stuff up. It was a good week and we spent some time on it on Monday in practice. We are looking forward to this week.
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