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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Quinn talks special teams

By Mike Mazzeo

 Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn thinks kick returner Devin Thomas could be a lot better.

“Too many muffs. He’s got to start catching the ball cleaner,” Quinn said Tuesday. “I think all returners, they want to bring every ball out. Sometimes he needs to keep it in the end zone so we don’t put our offense in a negative situation.”

Aaron Ross has filled in nicely as the punt returner after Domenik Hixon went down early in year with a season-ending ACL tear.

“We had one return last week that was 17 yards. He does a good job of wanting to catch the ball and go. Not a whole lot of dance. [Ross] tries to get vertical as quick as he can,” Quinn said. “We’re one block away from getting I don’t know how many more yards, but we had one guy, if he had turned a little bit quicker then there would have been more of a seam for Aaron last week. It’s improving.”

Asked about what he’s seen from his young linebackers on special teams, Quinn said: “Greg [Jones] started off really well in the training camp then he got kind of called to duty so I think he kind of got split. Now he’s trying to get back into more of a special teams role. But he’s a physical player, real good with his hands, real good instincts.

Mark [Herzlich] is bright, studies the game better than a lot of people that we’ve had in a long time. So he really knows where to be and how to use his skill set and how to get the job done. Spencer [Paysinger] is really making a lot of progress. He’s good with his hands, real good recognizing what teams are trying to do and how to defeat it. They’re all making strides and it’s been really a good group to work with. They’re young and hungry.”