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Booker Blog: Something Has To Change


For some strange reason, last night, I could not catch the ball. Now, you're going to have days like that. I understand. But I've made catches fine in worse weather than that. The only thing I can think of is that it was just one of those days. In that situation, you've just got to suck it up, I guess.

The fact of the matter is that in the regular season, that absolutely cannot happen under any circumstances. I'm glad it's a preseason game, of course. You want to get all the mistakes out of the way in the preseason, but something like that definitely worries me a little bit. I can't believe it, personally. I've never, ever had a day like that before.

So the only thing I can do is watch the tape, try to learn from it, and move forward. Offensively, I think I played fine. But the fact of the matter is special teams wins and loses ball games. If you look at the top teams in the league, their special teams are always up to par. Always. So, it's impossible to feel good about my performance offensively if I know I pretty much helped the team dig a hole. It's tough, because I'm a competitor, preseason or regular season. I know that, overall, I didn't play winning football last night. And that's tough to swallow.

And the delay? There's no excuse there. You have to be ready to play at all times. I don't care if it's 100 degrees, or minus-20, or pouring down rain. You have got to be ready to play. Last night, I didn't show that I was ready to play on special teams. That's not going to cut it. I've talked to Rory Segrest. He told me ""do this, do that,"" but I have to actually execute, actually go out and play. In terms of returning kicks, I just did not get that done. Obviously, I'm going to have to change something, or they're going to have to change something. And I understand that.

The only thing I can do is give everything I have. And in the end, if that's not enough, I have to be O.K. with that. That's the only thing I can do. I'm going to come out next week in New England and try to show everyone what I showed them in practice – that I can return kickoffs, if I get the opportunity. I simply have to be better.

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