File this under football IQ 101.
A punt in the second quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles matchup against the Chicago Bears seemed like any other punt, but it led to quite the heads-up play from Eagles return man Kenjon Barner.
Barner’s teammate Jaylen Watkins gets shoved off a block near the landing spot of the ball, and as Watkins went tumbling around, the ball started bounding near him.
Barner, who had ruled out returning the ball, had the wherewithal to notice Watkins was not going to be able to get out of the way of the ball by the time he got up.
So Barner decided to drag Watkins out of the path of the ball.
Here’s the whole sequence:
A true masterclass in teamwork.
Even if the ball hit Watkins and the Bears ran it back all the way, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. The Eagles won with ease by a score of 31-3.
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