A familiar face will come to town to face a struggling unit.
Punt and kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. will return to Charlotte to face the team he played for last season, and he will go up against a punt-return coverage team that gave up more yards per return than any other team in the league and a kickoff coverage team that allowed the second-most yards per return.
Ginn has returned 26 punts this season for 277, an average of 10.7 yards per return that ranks third among eligible returners. His 71-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Giants “broke the game open,” Arians said, and gave the Cardinals the go-ahead touchdown.
Last weekend the Panthers punted high and away from Atlanta’s Devin Hester, and they paid on a kickoff he was able to run out of the end zone for 66 yards.
“We’ll have a strategy for Ted,” Rivera said. “We respect Teddy’s ability. We do have a sense and feel for him. We spent some time looking at him. … We know his explosiveness, his play-making ability.”