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With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month

Percy Harvin AP

The AFC and NFC special teams players of the month for September have something in common: They’re return men who played against the Lions.

Detroit’s dreadful kick coverage units gave up four return touchdowns in September, and two of the return men who scored against the Lions — Tennessee’s Darius Reynaud and Minnesota’s Percy Harvin — were named the AFC and NFC special teams players of the month.

Reynaud has 15 kickoff returns for 408 yards (a 27.2-yard average), including a 105-yard touchdown against the Lions. Reynaud also fielded a punt and then threw the ball across the field on a trick play that resulted in another touchdown for the Titans against the Lions.

Harvin has nine kickoff returns for 345 yards (a 38.3-yard average), including a 105-yard touchdown against the Lions. After Harvin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in Detroit, the Lions threw in the towel and kicked high and short on their next two kickoffs to keep the ball out of Harvin’s hands.

Lions special teams coordinator Danny Crossman told the team’s website that he’s determined to get the kick coverage better.

It’s my problem as the coach,” Crossman said. “My name is on it. I will get it corrected.”

If it doesn’t get corrected, Reynaud and Harvin won’t be the last return men to be honored by the NFL for their performance against the Lions.

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26 Responses to “With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 4, 2012 12:07 PM

    Reynaud used to be a Viking. They traded him and Sage Rosenfels to New York for a fifth-round pick. I guess they really didn’t need him.

  2. blowpackblow says: Oct 4, 2012 12:12 PM

    Lions special teams are indeed “special”

  3. comebackid says: Oct 4, 2012 12:13 PM

    I remember worrying a out harvin when we took him in the 1st round. He failed a drug test and had “character” issues. After Troy Williamson I thought this could be a disaster. Now look at this kid. Takes hand offs, probably top 3 slot receivers in the league, and always a threat with the ball in his hands. Especially 5 yards deep in the end zone.

  4. expertop says: Oct 4, 2012 12:16 PM

    That team seems like it has plenty of talent throughout the roster. It’s not like they just don’t have the athletes necessary to be at least competent in covering kicks. So, how can it NOT be the coaching?

  5. chetwynnr says: Oct 4, 2012 12:23 PM

    Well, with the lockout and all you can’t expect the Lions to start out roaring …. wait, that was last year… Nevermind!

    Go Tigers! Detroit’s living felines.

  6. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Oct 4, 2012 12:27 PM

    Harvin=Beast

  7. 7ransponder says: Oct 4, 2012 12:32 PM

    Harvin doesn’t need “help from the Lions” to be an explosive special teams force, he does that all on his own.

  8. hyzers says: Oct 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    Make a couple routine tackles on special teams and the Lions are 3-1. I’m sure there will be someone blaming these on Suh somehow.

  9. yeayoubetcha99 says: Oct 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    Suhs still on the team????

  10. Peter Venkman says: Oct 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.

  11. skolvike says: Oct 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    Hyzers,

    You are absolutely right. Of COURSE the Vikings would have sat on a 7 point deficit just like they did a 14 point lead in the second half. Right. Just keep telling yourself that.

    Detroit has been and always will be the place Talent goes to die. Wasn’t Detroit’s last playoff win right after Eisenhower got elected?

  12. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 4, 2012 1:35 PM

    Congrats to both!

    Well deserved!!

  13. suheveryone says: Oct 4, 2012 1:43 PM

    It’s amazing that you can be so biased against certain teams and still be retained as a “sportswriter” by a major network.
    Your Cowboys aren’t looking so hot either last I checked.

  14. cmdv8 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    im glad people are laughing at us lions fans and our team again it just feels right

  15. purplehayseuss says: Oct 4, 2012 2:02 PM

    Hey Venkman,

    Explain to me how the ‘boys’ get ‘bigger’ than the 49ers, please.

    And don’t give me that lame line about San Fran losing rather than Minny winning. The Minnesota Vikings handed the 49ers their hoity-toity butts and everyone saw it.

    Sure, the schedule gets tougher. Have you seen the parade of upsets and “Power Poll” toppers tumbling this season? This is why they play the games, bubba.

  16. bovice23 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:03 PM

    38 yards a return is nuts!

  17. mungman69 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:05 PM

    Detroit is the least achieving team in the NFL. Dallas is second. Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. bobhk says: Oct 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    Peter Venkman says:
    Oct 4, 2012 1:19 PM
    How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.
    ———-
    Lions fan? Feel sorry for you…

  19. aafaqm says: Oct 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    Where’s the Article about RG3 winning Offensive Rookie of the month Honors?

  20. whatjusthapped says: Oct 4, 2012 2:55 PM

    The Motor City Kittens have returned to their rightful place, last in the NFC North. Some things never change.

  21. beedubyatoo says: Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Randall Cobb is salivating as the Packers play them twice. Unfortunatly, the Lions will only have a one chance to kick off in each game.

  22. vikingsgohard says: Oct 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    Peter Venkman | Oct 4, 2012, 10:19 AM MST
    How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.
    ——————————
    I know cuz the 9ers & Lions are such crappy teams ?… We’ve got no chance lmfao!!! Haters hate

  23. 7ransponder says: Oct 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    beedubyatoo says:Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Randall Cobb is salivating as the Packers play them twice. Unfortunatly, the Lions will only have a one chance to kick off in each game.

    ————————-

    Randall Cobb is a poor man’s current Devin Hester.

  24. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 4, 2012 5:24 PM

    7ransponder says:
    Oct 4, 2012 4:16 PM
    beedubyatoo says:Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Randall Cobb is salivating as the Packers play them twice. Unfortunatly, the Lions will only have a one chance to kick off in each game.

    ————————-

    Randall Cobb is a poor man’s current Devin Hester.

    —-

    Couldn’t agree more!!

    Along the same vein, Christian Ponder is a poor man’s current Joe Theisman.

  25. pack13queens0 says: Oct 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    Harvin=overrated

  26. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Oct 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    And how many Superbowl Championships
    have the Minnesota Vikings won ?

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