The Returning Question: Who Will Be Kickoff and Punt Return Men for the Packers in 2014?

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  1. marpag
    June 30, 2014

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  2. Big T
    June 30, 2014

    Concentrate on special teams blocking and it wont matter who you put in there…

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  3. Stroh
    June 30, 2014

    I’m looking to see Harris on KR. KR and PR typically take slightly different abilities. KR it helps to be stronger and able to break tackles. In short being a KR is more like being a RB. You have to follow your blocking, sense a running lane and be able to break arm tackles and even run thru them to break long returns. KR is the more physical of the return jobs.

    On PR its almost all about open field running ability, so pure elusiveness is the best attribute. On PR you generally face a player at a time.

    If Harris could prove to be a viable KR it would help the return game. He had experience in college doing some KR. He might also be elusive enough to become the PR. He might be able to win both jobs.

    My best case scenario would be to have Harris on KR and Cobb on PR. Cobb is a proven commodity and just doing PR wouldn’t expose him to injury nearly as much as being on KR.

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    • Slim11
      July 1, 2014

      I look forward to seeing Harris at KR and hope he gets a shot as a PR.

      Abbrederis seems headed the same direction Jordy Nelson was earlier in his career. Nelson was used as a KR and PR. He was serviceable as a KR but largely ineffective as a PR.

      Stroh nailed it…a KR has a different requirement than a PR. The PR must be able to make tacklers miss. The body type is also important. Nelson and Abbrederis are bigger targets than a Cobb or a Harris. His size is what intrigues me about Harris as a PR candidate. We know he can run.

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  4. Tarynfor12
    June 30, 2014

    I cannot understand how how or why,the homers think Abbrederis is a better option for a roster spot over Janis.I’m sure many teams would have the same feeling and if both were placed on the PS,Janis would be gone the next day while Abbre sits.
    Sure Abbre has experience at KR,but no way is he out playing or out muscle Janis for an actual receiver spot,whether its the 5th or 6th if they keep that many.

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    • Stroh
      June 30, 2014

      They are different type WR tho. Janis is the big strong fast outside WR who can win deep. Abbrederis is the smaller, quicker slot WR.

      The big strong and faster is the more valuable and difficult to find. Janis could develop into the lead WR that teams base their passing game around. Abbrederis is a complimentary player at best. He doesn’t have the ability to be a lead WR, but put into a role he might be successful.

      Abbrederis might have a little extra value as a returner, if you believe he can be successful at it. I don’t believe Abbrederis would be a very good option as a returner, so I don’t value him very highly. Simply put you can find capable slot WR almost anywhere. Janis would be more valuable due to his ability to develop into the true #1 WR.

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    • Stroh
      June 30, 2014

      Demovsky, like me classify them separately. As outside WR and slot WR… The true #1 WR has to be the ouside WR, who can also go inside, but seldom are slot WR ever #1 WR.

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    • marpag
      June 30, 2014

      One of those “homers who thinks Abbrederis is a better option for a roster spot over Janis” is Ted Thompson, as evidenced by their draft position. Personally, I agree with Ted.

      Abbrederis was quite possibly the best route runner in the draft. There is more to being a wide receiver than “measurables,” and playing at the University of Wisconsin is not the same as playing at Podunk Community College.

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      • Stroh
        June 30, 2014

        I think its mistake to assume that Abbrederis is more likely to make the team based strictly on draft position. How many times has an UDFA beat out a drafted player at the same position? Happens all the time. Plus Thompson knew Janis could be had later based simply on the fact he went to such a small school.

        Draft position doesn’t necessarily equal you get a roster spot over the lower drafted player.

        Its especially true when the lower pick has so much more natural ability. Abbrederis might have a hard time beating out Myles White for the backup slot receiver job. Abbrederis should go on the PS for a year IMO.

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  5. WKUPackFan
    June 30, 2014

    I usually agree with marpag, but it wouldn’t bother me to have Cobb returning kicks. Cobb is the best returner GB has had since Rossum. In addition, Cobb is a play maker who needs the ball in his hands as much as possible. The injury situation is real, however, and Hyde was more than adequate last year on punt returns. It’s just a shame not to use your best player at the position.

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  6. Rymetyme
    July 1, 2014

    Ladarius Perkins, UFA RB with extensive returnman experience in college, will have an opportunity to make the team if he outperforms the returners on the above list.

    He could just be another training camp body, but my understanding is he was brought in to compete at KR/PR and will be given a shot.

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