Matthias wrote:portisfan24 wrote:Actually players can recover punts as well, but they have to be behind the punter when the ball is kicked. That is also why kickoffs are live, because every player is behind the kicker when the ball is kicked.
Wow. I've never heard that. Learn something every day.
Why don't teams just drop one guy back then, to make sure that the punt is fielded and give them a chance to clock someone and recover a loose ball?
Probably because they think there's a better chance of converting a 4th down try.