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Talking Punt Returners

May 29 2014 07:05 AM Jeremy Igo Carolina Panthers
The Panthers need to fill a huge hole left by Ted Ginn in the punt return game. Ginn was the first legitimate threat the Panthers had had in many seasons, replacing him won't be easy.

Yesterday at OTA's the order of punt returners went as follows:

Antoine Cason
Marvin McNutt
Philly Brown
De'Andre Presley

Cason and McNutt got the majority of the punts. The other two fielded at the end of the drill.

Antoine Cason returned punts in San Diego for the last several games of the 2010 season. Then San Diego Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera must have taken note. This could be Cason's real purpose this season. Cason returned punts in college, running back two for touchdowns. He is the front runner for the spot.

As far as I can tell, McNutt has no punt return experience.

Philly Brown is a promising prospect at punt returner. He could be fast enough and shifty enough to win the job. He also does have experience, including this run back against Wisconsin. I can see him competing with Cason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pPKyiVrW4I

De'Andre Presley, who played QB, WR, CB and also returned punts at App State has an outside shot, but will need more snaps to impress. He was last in line to return, and only had a single grab.

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Seems like Philly brown is the most natural return man out of the bunch, that'll be his best chance to stick on the roster

Mcnutt seems way to big to be returning punts

Mcnutt seems way to big to be returning punts

 

My thoughts as well, but 6'2 isn't all that big these days. It does seem to me with King getting more snaps at WR than McNutt the coaching staff may be giving McNutt every opportunity possible to make the team, including PR.

Special teams were surprisingly good last year. Hopefully they do not take too far of a step back.

I don't know maybe someone becomes available as teams make roster moves. None of those players are guys I would feel great about. Ginn was pretty damned good on punts when he had the chance. His biggest issue was calling "poison".

 

I've just always wanted a small guy that could stop, start, and blow by people. Trindon Holliday or a young Steve Smith. I would prefer someone reliable and experienced but those guys cost money.

Hog mollie the position, have Star return punts.

Hog mollie the position, have Star return punts.

 

Tolbert would be a hog mollie at the position. He can bowling ball people lol.

Losing Ginn is very much a concern but it is telling that Mcnutt may be on the outside of the WR crew if he does not impress as a punt returner.

Id love to see Philly Brown provide that speed sizzle he had in college where Cason seems like a stop gap PR.

I am suprised Kenjon Barner is not in the PR mix and may be a sign he will not stick as a roster spot if he continues to fake a seizure every time he carries the ball.

Ginn was OK, but hardly a game changer as a returner.  I'm more concerned about replacing him on offense.  Returner is definitely a concern though.  Hopefully we get lucky.

This junk pisses me off. That depth chart is awful.
Ginn wasn't all that great even in the return game last year

guarantee we pick up another guy who can return punts after june 1st cuts and training camp etc. 

Ginn was surprisingly better as a WR than a returner last year. I think we will be fine.

Hog mollie the position, have Star return punts.


Did you see what happened with Flloyd in Minnesota? I'd say negative on that haha
Can we get a ban on hog mollie? Whenever someone writes it make it say big guy or lineman?

yeah Ted Ginn wasn't any better than our all-star Mark Jones...  And people couldn't wait to send him packing...

I hear TJ Graham may get cut. Could be a consideration.

Lol @ underrating Ginn on ST's. We've never had a field general on ST's like that, never. Just because he didnt crack off 8 TD's doesnt mean he wasnt good. He made so many saves I lost count. Not too mention he was ice cold fielding the ball and getting in position.

 

That is flat out got to be one of the most dangerous positions in sports. To play it with balls out is to say "I am a greater man than you". I felt like we had that with Ginn. 3mil. . just 3mil man, ridonkulous

Lol @ underrating Ginn on ST's. We've never had a field general on ST's like that, never. Just because he didnt crack off 8 TD's doesnt mean he wasnt good. He made so many saves I lost count. Not too mention he was ice cold fielding the ball and getting in position.

That is flat out got to be one of the most dangerous positions in sports. To play it with balls out is to say "I am a greater man than you". I felt like we had that with Ginn. 3mil. . just 3mil man, ridonkulous


Yeah, I'm sitting here wondering what some of them are talking about. Ginn didn't set the world on fire, but he was great at at least catching the mother fugers instead of letting them hit the ground, and he had nice returns when he had the opportunity.

Consistent. He was very consistent

As bad as our STs have been the past however long it was like HOF caliber last season.

I don't know maybe someone becomes available as teams make roster moves.


That actually happens a lot.

Teams tend to want return guys that can do more than one thing because it saves roster space. The ones who are known to be returners only often wind up being one or two year rentals.

Debating whether to sign some return specialist that got released seems almost like an annual ritual on this forum.

Yeah, I'm sitting here wondering what some of them are talking about. Ginn didn't set the world on fire, but he was great at at least catching the mother fugers instead of letting them hit the ground, and he had nice returns when he had the opportunity.

Consistent. He was very consistent

As bad as our STs have been the past however long it was like HOF caliber last season.

 

so was Mark Jones... 

Yeah, I'm sitting here wondering what some of them are talking about. Ginn didn't set the world on fire, but he was great at at least catching the mother fugers instead of letting them hit the ground, and he had nice returns when he had the opportunity.

Consistent. He was very consistent

As bad as our STs have been the past however long it was like HOF caliber last season.

 

thats exactly how I felt. I didnt have a worry in the world on kick offs

so was Mark Jones...


Blast from the past!


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Some of you have clearly forgotten what our STs looked like before Ginn.