Josh Cribbs: What Will Be Sacrificed With Increased Offensive Role?

July 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL gunner is a position that is talked about some, but perhaps not enough to every fan to understand the position.
This article will take a look at the position, what it entails, and then will shift focus to the current debate regarding Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs and his possible role (or lack thereof) as the Browns' gunner.
What is a gunner?
To simplify the definition, a gunner is a special teams player who specializes in running down the sideline while avoiding would-be blockers to try and knife through all defenders and be the first to tackle the kick/punt returner of the opposing team.
Sometimes there is one gunner in a punt formation and other times there can be two, often lined up looking like a wide receiver in the punt formation.
In a kickoff formation, the gunner will either the be the last or second-to-last player from the end of the kickoff formation. Gunner positions can also vary, but these are traditionally the most likely ...

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