Offensive Lineman Jon Feliciano
It’s not every day you see an offensive lineman field a kickoff, but such was the case Saturday night when the Oakland Raiders hosted the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
For as long as I can remember, offensive lineman Jon Feliciano has claimed to have “the best hands in the entire league.” Funny enough, on the last day of training camp, the team had a friendly competition to see who could field a punt from Marquette King, and Feliciano was chosen to represent the offense. Without a bobble, or even the slightest bit of hesitation, the big man cradled the punt with ease.
It’s possible that his rep on the last day of camp helped him prepare for last night, but when Greg Zeurlein drilled a low-flying kickoff through the air, and it came straight to Feliciano, it looked as though he’d been doing it his whole career.
After the game, the former University of Miami Hurricane had a little fun on Twitter, as he poked some fun at himself.
If there’s one thing Feliciano doesn’t lack when it comes to his receiving abilities, it’s confidence.
Feliciano wasn’t the only one to comment on the matter, Head Coach Jack Del Rio shared his thoughts during his post-game press conference.
“He thinks he’s an athlete,” said Del Rio with some added laughter. “It was a heads up play. Caught the ball and got some good, solid yardage. Would just like him to get down but good, solid play.”
I’m not sure we’ll be seeing Feliciano receiving kickoffs anytime soon, but he certainly put his best foot forward Saturday.