Morning Roar: Schwartz happy with kickoffs

October, 15, 2013
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- While Sam Martin has done a good job at his more well-known punting duties during his rookie year, the Appalachian State grad has also been important to the Lions in another area.

Kickoffs.

Martin has had 58.8 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks this season -- a number somewhat skewed because Chicago returned six of nine kickoffs in part due to return specialist Devin Hester.

Otherwise, opposing teams have started essentially at their own 20-yard line during games.

"With our kick-off coverage, you can have 10 guys named Schwartz out there with Sam (Martin) kicking it and a lot of those are touchbacks," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "Not saying that we haven’t done a good job because when they did decide to bring one out, we got them down at the 15-yard line.

"I think a lot of the credit there goes to Sam and his ability to hang the ball in and control with depth and also location. That has been a significant improvement and when teams have tried to bring it out, we have tackled them inside the 20 quite a bit."

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