Special Teams grades for the Redskins victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Return Teams: The Redskins had no kickoff returns, and they only had two punt returns. Returner Chris Thompson did a good job fielding the punts, but could only manage 5.5 yards a return. Thompson has yet to break a big return, but I get the feeling one is coming. But one break down occurred when the raiders converted a first down on a fake punt. The punt return team was clearly caught off guard. Return Team grade – C+
Coverage teams: The coverage teams didn’t give up any long returns on punt and kickoffs, and did a good job of keeping the dangerous Jacoby Ford in check. However, a blocked Sav Rocca punt in the first quarter which was recovered for a touchdown. This should happen at this level. Coverage team grade – F
Kicker: John Potter converted a chip shot 25 yard field goal, but was otherwise untested from a greater distance. However, the Raiders were able to return two kickoffs for decent yardage, so the length of his kicks need to improve. Kicker grade – B
Punter: Other than the inexcusable blocked Punt which I think Sav Rocca could have gotten off quicker, Rocca had a good game punting the football. Punter grade: C+
Total Special Teams grade: C- The special teams grade is mostly affected by the blocked punt, and they are lucky that wasn’t the play that decided the game.