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Blackburn, punt team’s last line of defense

Posted by Dan Salomone on September 13, 2012 – 4:40 pm

Worry not, Steve Weatherford is in safe hands.

In his seventh season and with 449 punts under his belt, Weatherford has never been on the wrong end of what happened to Brad Nortman last week against Tampa Bay – having one blocked.

In the Bucs’ Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib broke free on the edge and got to the rookie punter. The Bucs recovered and kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive for a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Making sure that won’t happen to Weatherford this week is Chase Blackburn, who has taken over the role of personal protector so far this season. Otherwise known as the fullback on the punt team, it was Tyler Sash’s position last season. The second-year safety was suspended for the first four games of 2012 by the NFL.

Blackburn, once the special teams captain back in 2010, has Weatherford covered as the last line of defense.

“He knows it better than anybody,” Weatherford said of Blackburn, an eight-year veteran. “I think he knows it probably even better than Sash, and that’s Sash’s position. Chase is extremely intelligent and he’s skilled, too. I feel 100 percent confident that he’ll make the right calls and make the blocks he needs to make. So we’re confident going into it. We don’t want to relax or anything, it’s pedal to the floor right now, but we’re excited for the challenge.”

Tom Quinn, who has been the Giants’ special teams coordinator since 2007, sees the same thing from the multifaceted Blackburn.

“He’s done that before for us,” Quinn said. “One game, I think it was 2010, he played guard one snap, fullback the next snap, the other guard the other snap. So he’s really versatile and he’s been here a long time and understands what we want.”

Quinn then broke down what he saw from Tampa’s special teams outfit under Bob Ligashesky, one of many new hires this season in Greg Schiano’s regime.

“It was well schemed and well executed,” Quinn said. “They are a very good punt-blocking team and they have speed and power. So it will be a big test for us protection-wise.”


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3 Responses to “Blackburn, punt team’s last line of defense”

  1. By Bud on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Chase Blackburn is the type of player that makes a longtime Giant fan proud to be a diehard fan of the New York Football Giants. We have a great history of gritty, blue collar players. Players that give all they have and do whatever is needed to help the team. Players that are proud to be Giants. I am glad Chase Blackburn is on our team.

  2. By DSA on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Blackburn (Unsung Hero) for the NY GIANTS #GO GIANTS

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