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    How many of you were as excited as I was about Dre Bly and his punt returning today? He actually showed some skill and movement in his returns and he showed a whole lot of confidence in receiving the ball, even in traffic. Very impressed with him today and I'm glad Marz finally gave the punt return duties to him. Hakim is a great guy and a great receiver, but punt returns are just critical to the turnover ratio and Bly proved himself to me today.

    GO RAMS !!!:ram:

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    I think Bly did a great job returning punts. He finally gets a chance in the spotlight, being hidden behind McCleon and Williams all season. It's nice to know that when the opponent is punting I don't have to close my eyes in fear. Rock on, Dre.

    :ram:

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    • LaRamsFanLongTime
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      Hester and UCLA's Maurice Drew are the highest-profile returners who visited
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      The secret to his success? "It's really not any secret," Hester said. "It's
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      What NFL teams can't see is where to play Hester when he's not returning kicks.
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      excelling at any. But Hester's explosiveness as a return man alone should make
      him a second- or third-round pick in the draft.

      Throughout his college career, Drew was the "other" back in Los Angeles,
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    • Sanantonioram
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      by Sanantonioram
      And his name is Fred Russell. I watched him today and he is small and quick. Exactly what we need returning kicks.
      -03-19-2006, 11:53 PM
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      -12-17-2006, 02:26 PM
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