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Rookie Knox delivering big returns for Bears

Posted by rsanrel on 9th October 2009

With one huge burst and some big assists from his blockers, Johnny Knox looked like Devin Hester as he outran just about everybody on his way to the end zone last week against Detroit.

Everybody, that is, except the Chicago Bears’ ballboy.

The Lions couldn’t touch Knox on his 102-yard kickoff return, but somehow, University of Illinois junior Darryl MaGee managed to keep pace most of the way on the sideline even though he was carrying several footballs.

“I’ve seen (the clip),” Knox said. “I talked to him about it. He’s pretty fast.”

In a way, it seems appropriate that MaGee got his moment in the spotlight from a rookie who keeps finding ways to grab it after playing in obscurity at Tyler Junior College and then Division II Abilene Christian in Texas, whether he’s catching touchdown passes or breaking off big returns.

Knox is third among rookie receivers with 190 yards and tied for the lead with two TD receptions. On kickoff returns, he’s averaging an NFL-leading 35.8 yards per return and emerging as a key component for a special-teams unit that ranks among the best.

The Bears are averaging a league-leading 31.3 yards per kickoff return. They are second with 501 total yards and three returns for 40 or more, and they’re tied for third with 13 returns for at least 20 yards.

They’re having similar success returning punts.

Chicago is tied with Minnesota and Cleveland for the league lead with three for 20 or more yards, and between the long returns and spot-on kicks, the special teams were particularly impressive against Detroit


Click here to read the full article – By ANDREW SELIGMAN of WSBT.com



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