Upon further review: Ref's errant flag throw caused Rondale Moore to muff punt
Former Purdue receiver Rondale Moore has been very impressive so far during his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals.
He was arguably the NFL’s best rookie receiver through two weeks, but he caught a little bit of criticism for muffing a punt vs. the Jaguars in Week 3.
But as it turns out, that wasn’t his fault.
He dropped the punt because a flag from an official made contact with the ball just before it reached Moore’s grasp. Here’s a slow-mo replay of what happened:
What are the odds? And what is the ruling here @DeanBlandino ?
Thrown penalty flag hits live ball about to be caught by returner Rondale Moore
Shades of Randy Johnson pitch hitting bird 20 years ago
(Ps – batter on Johnson/bird pitch was Calvin Murray, uncle of Kyler Murray) pic.twitter.com/5elpwBNPCD
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) September 26, 2021
The Cardinals ended up recovering the muffed punt anyways, so no harm, no foul. Moore finished the game with 2 punt returns for 27 yards.
It was a quieter game for him offensively as well, as he was limited to 2 catches for just 1 yard.
The Cardinals won the game 31-19 and improved to 3-0. They will look to stay undefeated on the road next week against the Los Angeles Rams.