Payton didn’t exactly put guys like C.J. Spiller, Jalen Saunders orBrandin Cooks under the punts. Instead, guys like Terron Armstead, Cameron Jordan and Max Unger got their shot, and the defense came away with a win when Kaleb Eulls hung onto a high Morstead offering and Unger let one get away.
“It tells you a lot, doesn’t it?” Payton said. “You see who played baseball and who didn’t. It went into triple overtime, it was like hockey.”
After Unger’s drop, the offense had to do five up-downs.
And as unnatural as the motion had to be for most of the linemen, players like Armstead, Jordan and Parys Haralson moved pretty well under the punts.
“A few of those guys were impressive,” Payton said.
For what it’s worth, here’s a breakdown.
- Defense: Akiem Hicks missed badly; he didn’t even get a hand on it; Offense: Jahri Evans came away with the catch.
- Defense: John Jenkins made a tough catch falling backwards;Offense: Terron Armstead looked more natural than anybody making the catch.
- Defense: Cameron Jordan makes an easy catch; Offense: Zach Strief misjudged it a bit and dropped a short one.
- Both David Hawthorne and Erik Lorig dropped tough offerings from Morstead.
- Parys Haralson waved for a fair catch and made the grab, thenAustin Johnson did the same.
- Undrafted free agent defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls hung onto a high spiral from Morstead, and Max Unger wasn’t able to, misjudging it and dropping it on the reach.