— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 4, 2018
Defenses must always suspect deception when Johnny Hekker is involved.
The Los Angeles Rams punter (and placeholder) has a reputation for trick plays, with 17 passing attempts (and a 107.2 QB rating) in his pro career to date.
He hit the Saints with a fake field goal on this play, and ran like the wind.
It's not often you see a guy who's 6-foot-5, 241 pounds move like that—let alone when that guy's a punter!
Hekker was the starting quarterback at Bothell (Washington) High School, so he's far from your average punter in terms of athleticism.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick once called Hekker as good a player as he's ever seen at the position and praised him as "very athletic."
The refs ended up robbing Hekker of a first down with a bad spot on the play, however, which was a crucial turning point during the contest.