At the very beginning of last season, Chargers KR Richard Goodman seemed to be the only player in the league returning kickoffs that were 8 yards deep in the end zone. It drove me NUTS. He would grab the ball, try to make a move and get brought down at around the 15 yard line.
He just kept doing it over and over and over again. Then, around midway through the season, something clicked. He started hitting the holes with more conviction and he could see how the field would develop.
His returns kept getting longer and longer and finally at the end of the season, he finally housed one! Fadeaway jumper celebration, after a 105-yard return for the score over the Oakland Raiders.
He has been close to breaking one off a few times already this season and only has had a few opportunities. Against the Tennessee Titans, the ground ate him up on a return that should of been 6 points.
He has had 6 opportunities for returns this season and is currently 3rd in the league in kick return average behind Leon Washington and Lavelle Hawkins. Both Washington and Hawkina have a return of over 70 yards to help out their average, while Goodman’s long is still 37 yards.
It won’t stay that short for long though. He is getting the blocking and he should be running free to the end zone soon. Get ready to see that fadeaway jumper soon.