[QUOTE=JStokes;3530829]On kick-offs, even if Leon comes back at 100%, do we really think the Jets will throw him back out there to risk re-injury? I know there is always a chance for him to reinjure himself, and his leg may actually be a bit stronger after healing, but I think they might want to protect him a bit.
I liked what Brad Smith did last year, he seems to have great field vision, I just can't imagine him being the full-time KOR and taking that pounding for a full season.
On punts, I appreciate that Cotch does the MOST important thing in actually catching the ball, but he's never going to consistently rip off long returns, much less break one. He seems content to fair catch a bit, not the fastest of guys.
Wouldn't mind seeing a dynamic returner back there for both, remember Leon in his prime- seemed like he ran every KO back to the 40 at a minimum.
I hope whomever we take in the draft from the WR, RB or CB positions is a better than proficient return man.[/QUOTE]
if healthy, leon will return kickoffs. leonhard was supposed to return punts last year, but got banged up and was limited in that role. i assume washington as kr and leonhard as pr. brad smith would be the backup kr as he's kind of the multi-purpose guy. he did well in leon's absence anyway. i don't think we need to worry about smith taking a beating as kr if he ends up there. it's not like he's carrying the ball 25 times and doing returns. he gets about 5 or 6 touches a game. adding kr duties would not be a stretch.
Last edited by Zombo; 03-18-2010 at 03:13 PM.