|Buehler says "as long as you hit him in the mouth earlier," Ginn "might give up." (AP/US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
When the Miami Dolphins selected Ted Ginn Jr. in the first round of the 2007 draft, the hope was that he'd be both a big-play wide receiver and a dangerous return threat. In three seasons, Ginn never caught more than 56 passes in a season or registered more than 790 receiving yards. He did have three special-teams touchdowns (one punt return, two kickoff returns), which is why the 49ers traded for him before the 2010 season.
Against the Seahawks in Week 1, Ginn didn't catch a single pass, but he scored twice in the span of 51 seconds. With 3:56 left in the fourth quarter, Ginn took a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. And then, less than a minute later, he returned a punt 55 yards for six points more. San Francisco won going away, 33-17.
On Sunday, the 49ers host the Cowboys and you'd have to think that slowing Ginn on special teams would be in the game plan. How exactly do you do that? Glad you asked.
"If the wind is at my back, hopefully I'll get the green light and be able to kick a touchback and keep it out of Ted Ginn's hands because he is a dangerous returner," Cowboys kicker David Buehler said, according to the Dallas Morning News'Rainer Sabin. "As long as you hit him in the mouth earlier, I think he might give up."
Nothing quite like having the kicker imply that you're soft.
To be fair, Buehler isn't some 135-pound former soccer player now making his living on the football field. We wrote about him two and a half years ago at the 2009 NFL Combine when he showed up in Indy and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. That was better than 27 offensive linemen, including Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe. Buehler wasn't done; he also ran a sub 4.7 40-yard dash, which could come in handy should he choose to kick to Ginn Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys saw a 4th quarter lead evaporate last week against the Jets. They will look to bounce back this Sunday when they travel to San Francisco to battle the 49ers. Join CBSSports.com's Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan for a preview.
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