One of the Redskins’ biggest deficiencies in 2013 was kickoff returns. In fact, they ranked dead last in average yards per return (20.0).
Sure, some of that can be attributed to the scheme devised by Keith Burns, who was fired after only one season. Some of that, though, was the returner failing to make opposing players miss and/or find open space.
The Redskins cycled through multiple kickoff returners, including Niles Paul, Josh Morgan, Chris Thompson and Nick Williams—all of whom enjoyed little success. Paul had a team-leading 20 returns and averaged 20.6 yards per, which ranked 23rd.
Which brings us to this morning’s topic: Whom do you want to see as the primary kickoff returner this season?
During the OTA practice that was open to reporters last week, Andre Roberts, Thompson, Lache Seastrunk, Williams and Rashad Ross appeared to get the majority of the work.
Although it’s tough to learn too much from a non-contact practice, Roberts showed his sure hands and speed. He’s also the most experienced of the bunch, having returned kickoffs in 2010 as a rookie with Cardinals.
It should also be noted that Thompson looks completely recovered from the knee and shoulder injuries that hampered him last season. His breakaway speed, indeed, stood out during the return drills.
I suspect it could come down to those two. But, of course, we’re still more than three months from opening day.
Who’s your pick to win the job?