Norwood on his muffed punt: “It’s a tough play that I’ve got to make”
The Broncos needed only four plays Sunday to record their first turnover of the day and bring back memories of their painful overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in November.
After a three-and-out by the New England Patriots, punter Ryan Allen booted the ball 38 yards, prompting Jordan Norwood to run upfield to receive it, this time, he hoped, without fumbling.
He had already done so twice against the Chiefs and lost his job as the Broncos’ leading punt returner to Kalif Raymond as a result. But Sunday, Norwood got a do-over.
“I wanted Jordan up,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “That was my decision. Jordan plays in three-wide sets for us and does a good job. Jordan has done a lot of good things around here for this football team. We were doing a lot of no-huddle and a lot of stuff like that, so that’s why he was up.”
But the result was the same. Norwood bobbled Allen’s punt, the Patriots recovered and soon after kicked a 45yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
“I think it was a bad punt on the punter’s part, so I tried to get there and fair-catch it,” Norwood said.
Jordan Norwood fumbles during the first quarter Sunday.