Why most teams are not doing this is beyond me.
Former Stanford and current Green Bay Packers wide receiver/kick returner Ty Montgomery had the play of the day as he used a loophole in the NFL rulebook to his advantage. And the Packers gained a bunch of yards because of it.
During the kickoff on Sunday, the Detroit Lions kicked the ball near the 3-yard line, but instead of picking up the ball or letting it roll into the end zone, Montgomery purposely stepped out of bounds before diving on top of the ball while his feet remained out of bounds.
So instead of being at the 3-yard line or 25-yard line, the Packers were able to advance the ball to the 40-yard line following the kickoff-out-of-bounds penalty. The NFL rulebook states that if the ball comes into contact with a player that is out of bounds, the ball is considered out of bounds.
Ty Montgomery made a brilliant play on a kickoff.
Here’s why pic.twitter.com/jhJo6zGM9K
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
Returner Ty Montgomery Utilizes Obscure NFL Rule to Get Packers Big Yardage pic.twitter.com/wzsxnkFrb4
— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) September 25, 2016