Football fans are always amazed when receivers and tight ends line up to catch onside kicks on special teams—away from their normal offensive roles. But those players are there for their ability to catch the football.
The “hands team” can make or break a game, so it’s important to have players out there that can snag the ball with 300-pound men charging at them. However, onside kicks are easy plays to get injured on.
Carolina Panthers quarterback and possible MVP Cam Newton wants to be one of those men out there. It’s easy to understand why his coach doesn’t put the franchise quarterback in on dangerous plays, but hear Cam out:
— NFL (@NFL) January 18, 2016
Here’s what Newton said:
“I was always wondering why I'm not on the hands team? I catch the ball every single shotgun snap. I think I'll put a case in, but I don't know. I'm telling you, these hands are tailgate approved, much appreciated, no gloves either, know what I'm saying? No artificial, just straight organic hands. You don't see that a lot of times, this day in age.”
Nobody wants to waste a good pair of non-preserved, organic hands on just the quarterback position.
But I think a broken collarbone, torn ACL or concussion might change Newton’s mind about catching onside kicks.