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Pre-Game Assessment, and Notes

The first time out for coach Darrin Simmons and his special teams unit really couldn't have gone much worse than it did last week in the preseason opener against the New York Jets. <br><br> Neither Nick Harris nor Travis Dorsch punted well, averaging 38.1 yards on seven combined punts. Those in front of them didn't block well or cover kicks well, and Harris dropped not one but two snaps on placement attempts by kicker Neil Rackers.

But it's a starting point going into tonight's game against the Detroit Lions. "Guys have got to learn to understand what their roles on this team can be," said Simmons. "If they're backups, they better be good in the kicking game or it's going to be tough for them to make it. We owe that to the team. We've got to hold up our end of the bargain and pulling our weight, and that means controlling...

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