First-round draft pick Dee Ford may have been drafted to rush the passer, but special-teams coach Dave Toub hopes to use him on special teams, especially after watching Ford make a key block on Thomas’ touchdown return.
“If he’s not in the rotation as a starter, or even if he is in the rotation as the starter, if he’s the best guy on one phase that we can use him, Andy (Reid) is going to let us use him,” Toub said. “He did a great job there on the punt return.
“He made the touchdown block. That was his job as the last guy in the line which happened to be the punter. He made a nice block on that and kind of sprung him right there. I’m not sure if he would’ve caught him, but it doesn’t matter. It was a nice block anyway.”
Toub said several other players fighting for roster spots stood out on special teams.
(Linebacker) Josh Martin really played a great game, really good job blocking,” Toub said. (Safety) Daniel Sorensen did a good job on the blocking. Probably could do a little bit of a better job on the punt return game, but (linebacker) Nico Johnson played pretty well.”