Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl punter Pat McAfee hit Twitter today to sweet-talk the Cincinnati Bengals’ special teams returnman Adam “Pacman” Jones. Of course, there was some obvious gamesmanship behind his gushing tweets:
Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee (1) kicks the ball before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
His comments were made for good reason, as McAfee has yet to surrender a special teams return for a touchdown this season. His 42.8 net yards per punt average is 3rd best in the NFL, and his 70 touchbacks lead all kickoff units.
The player he’ll be kicking to, Pacman Jones, is the NFL’s 4th best punt returnman, as he averages 11.9 yards per return. However, most impressive is his 31.3 yard average per kickoff return, which is the best in the NFL this season. While Jones has yet to reach paydirt in 2014, as he has 0 touchdown returns, he’s threatened on multiple occasions including a 97-yard long kickoff return earlier this season.
While McAfee’s tweets were obviously made in jest, Jones will be a very serious threat for the Colts special teams units and should not be taken lightly. The Colts will have to stay disciplined down the field and make sure they keep Cincy’s #24 under wraps. Otherwise, he’s a threat to make a game-changing play every time he touches the football on special teams. Like McAfee’s pet goldfish, Pacman is fast, tough, and athletic.
Nevertheless, he won’t be taking it easy on the Colts even despite McAfee’s high praise, and the team’s special teams units will have to be ready.
Oct 19, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee (1) runs off the field after a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Cincinnati 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports