Sometimes, when my punt returner catches the call, the controls don't work, like I can't move him at all.
This has happened using a controller and also with the keyboard.
I have found that holding the up direction button while the kicker is kicking until your PR gets the ball fixes this issue.
If I hold the up button, it won't do it. But if I just don't touch anything and let the punter punt to my PR and I finally press a button when I get the ball, sometimes, he's dead and I cannot move him at all. This has happened to me at least 4+ times during 10 games.