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Special Teams Coordinator Bobby April

On whether CB Jorrick Calvin will be the punt returner this week: "Yes. Yeah, he'll be the punt returner and he's going to do the kick returning, too. He'll do both. He did a good job (last week). (He had a) nice return, and had some good blocks. He did a nice job and he did a nice job handling the ball. He's been a good pick up for us."

On whether the guys are now more comfortable with their assignments: "I just think we're – in small increments – we're just continually making improvements and sort of continuing to get better. A lot of the guys are getting better because of just the experience of playing. Nothing about the techniques, I think just playing. We have a lot of young guys on our team and the bulk of those guys are our units. The experience that they're getting from these six games has made them better. I think it's that and we're a little more settled down than we were earlier, too. We're moving our roster a little bit. Guys like (RB) Joique Bell, you know, playing in a game after we had him three days and now he's been here four weeks or so. It makes a big difference, you know, it makes a big difference."

On what he thinks the issue was with K David Akers missing three field goals last week: "(The) reason he's really good is because he's competitive, he works at it, he studies it. He's really figured a way to have a handle on this deal. In pregame, he had one of his better pregames. I'm speaking for him a little bit but I've also corresponded with him on this, but he felt he had a pretty good handle on the wind. I think, really, the bare forces of nature beat him a little bit more than his accuracy or his focus or his attention to detail. I think he played some things that he thought were there that were there in pregame. He puts a lot of thought into this deal on exactly how to play it. I don't play golf, but maybe like a golfer on a windy day would probably get the ball on the green – similar. I mean he hit them straight. He hit them where he was aiming. It just didn't move on him like he wanted. Maybe his last one was somewhat of frustration – I don't know. I don't even know that. He certainly was frustrated that his performance was off. He's a critical part of the team. In many ways, he's like the Golden Goose for however many years he's been here. He's led the team in scoring every year. He's probably not usually considered like that guy that's the leading scorer of a team, but he is. If a receiver was the leading scorer every year for 12 years, that guy would probably be in the Hall of Fame. He's a real critical part and he takes his role as a point scorer, he takes it very seriously. It wasn't a great day for him for a lot of reasons. He really feels an obligation to the team when he goes out there and puts points on the board."

On how much of a factor his kickoffs were in the improved kickoff coverage: "Tremendous factor. (Laughingly) His kickoffs were just the opposite. He had a fantastic day. He had three touchbacks, that's pretty tough. Some of the time the wind was – it was kind of a different wind out there and it was swirling to some degree like it does in all stadiums. It's never at a zero degree directly to your back. No matter how it hits, it does different things. He had touchbacks both ways. It helped our coverage, it helped our coverage a lot and it always will."

On whether WR DeSean Jackson's injury will have a long-term effect on his availability as the punt returner: "I hope not. Only (head) coach (Andy) Reid can answer that. He'll make the decision on it. He hasn't said anything to me about DeSean beyond anything that he has addressed. I'm not sure how long it's going to take him to come back. He's a great punt returner, he's a great threat. But that's coach's decision and I've said it a bunch of times in here it's a tough decision. You've got to figure how you're going to use all the components to help win the game. He's got to figure that. He's got a tough job, deciding how to use people."

On Tennessee's return game: "Well, you know, this guy they drafted who was not a highly-considered guy is Mariani, (WR) Marc Mariani out of Montana. He was not considered – I mean along with the other guys like (Chiefs DB) Javier Arenas and some of these other guys – man, he's been a big part of their winning some games. He's created a lot of good field position, punt returns he's good; he's got a real knack for it. I'll tell you, maybe because they're built the same and they wear number 83, he's real similar to (Patriots WR) Wes Welker and we know Wes Welker, prior to his great success as a receiver, was a heck of a returner. They're very similar. Their stride length, jersey number, very similar. I wouldn't say he's better than Welker was, but they're very similar. He only has six games under his belt, but he's had six impressive games. They've got a good team. As an organization, they've consistently had good talent from top to bottom. They're more than formidable, that's for sure."

On whether there is any difficulty in kicking at LP Field: "I don't think so. There's a possibility of thunder showers and it's probably going to be a little warm in the air. Tennessee in October is 70s, you know, which is good. I think maybe the rain, people have to do a good job in the rain. Outside of that, I don't see any problems."

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