SPEAKING OF SPECIAL TEAMS: McMahon said hidden yardage is one of the keys to victory in the NFL.
He said if one looks at a drive chart following a game, marking the starting position for each teams’ offensive series, it usually will tell the story of the day.
Seventh-round running back Kerwynn Williams likely will play a big role in that hidden yardage. He was among the players returning kickoffs Saturday, and he figures to compete for that role during the regular season.
With his elite speed, Williams was a return ace at Utah State. And he understands the value of strong special teams.
“I definitely think special teams is a big part of how a team does,” Williams said. “Any time you can get a lot of yards on a kickoff return or a punt return and put the offense in good position, that definitely makes it easier to score touchdowns.
“That’s the hidden yardage part that (McMahon) talks about and just being able to start off the offense on the plus-side of the field instead of your side of the 50-yard line.”