Former Murray High School and University of Kentucky punter Tim Masthay turned in a career performance in the Green Bay Pakcers' 42-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday at Lambeau Field.
Thanks to Masthay's performance, the Vikings' average starting field position was their 12-yard line, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.
Masthay averaged 50.7 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. The fifth-year punter pinned the Vikings inside their 20-yard line five times — tying a career-high from his rookie season — with only one touchback.
"That was great production with five kicks inside the 20, and we forced them to start seven drives inside the 20," special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum told the newspaper. "That helped us.
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"I thought Thursday night was the first time (Masthay) really had a complete game. I felt good about it."
After five weeks, Masthay is one of five NFL punters with eight punts inside the 20-yard line and only a single touchback. His 42.6-yard net average on 19 punts ranks seventh in the league.
"I think it's a big deal," Slocum told the Press-Gazette. "I think net punt is important to look at because you're maximizing that play with the exchange of possession of the football."
Trevathan was 'rusty'
Former University of Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan, who was in on all but three of the Denver Broncos' snaps on defense in a win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, was glad to be on the field for the first time this season.
The team's leading tackler in 2013 had missed the previous three games with a tibia fracture.
"It's been awhile since I was out there, I was a little rusty but I got in the groove of things and my defense helped me," Trevathan told DenverBroncos.com. "It's great to have a great group of guys behind you so you go out there and fly, not worried about making mistakes too much. Just being out there, being a leader and just making plays."
More snaps for Williamson
Week by week, Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Avery Williamson earned more and more playing time.
He was in on 54 of the team's 77 snaps on defense Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. That was second among linebackers to fellow former University of Kentucky star Wesley Woodyard.
And Williamson also took on the responsibility of relaying the play calls from the coaching staff to the rest of his teammates on the field. That role had been Woodyard's and Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that could change from game to game going forward.
Williamson was on the field for 26 of the team's 87 defensive snaps the previous week against the Indianapolis Colts. His non-special teams debut came a week earlier against the Cincinnati Bengals when he was on the field for 13 of 61 defensive snaps.
Lions' o-line struggles
The Buffalo Bills' defensive line won the battle of the trenches Sunday in a 17-14 win against Detroit. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked six times.
"We got beat up," Lions left guard Rob Sims told the Buffalo News. "Straight up."
Detroit managed just 69 rushing yards on 20 carries.
"They got him uncomfortable," Lions right guard and former UK standout Larry Warford told the newspaper about Stafford. "As an offensive line, that's our responsibility to make him feel comfortable in the pocket and keep him off the ground. Today, we didn't do our job."
Three of those six sacks came were by the Bills' Marcell Dareus.
"He's a great player, for sure," Warford said of Dareus. "He has a great feel for different types of blocks and all that. He did a great job today."
Warford, who also starred at Madison Central, told the Buffalo News the Bills didn't do anything out of the ordinary — they were just better.
"Nothing was over our head," he said. "It was just us. It's our technique, our fundamentals that we have to fix. We didn't adjust, and you can't do that in this league. It's the best in the world and if you're not adjusting, you're going to get whooped."
Around the league
HGH testing: The NFL has begun testing for human growth hormone for the first time, three years after the league and players' union tentatively agreed to do so.
HGH testing was part of the 2011 labor agreement but was delayed because the NFL Players Association was not comfortable with the procedures or science involved. Both sides agreed last month on the new policy, which took effect Monday.
A total of 950 tests will be performed during the regular season, postseason and preseason. In the offseason, about 385 tests will be done.
Lions: The Lions released Alex Henery on Monday, a day the kicker missed three field-goal attempts against Buffalo. Detroit (3-2) also released rookie kicker Nate Freese after Week 3.
Bills: Cornerback Ron Brooks has was discharged from a Detroit hospital after suffering a neck injury Sunday against the Lions.
The Bills said Monday that the 25-year-old Brooks is able to walk.
Titans: Safety Bernard Pollard has a ruptured right Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.