20 Questions in 20 Days: Punt Returner

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Our 20 questions in 20 days series features staff writers answers pressing questions heading into Training Camp

Question 5: Who will be the primary punt returner?
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MICHAEL EISEN: It was Rueben Randle’s job last season and it could well be his again in 2014. Last year with Denver, Trindon Holliday averaged 8.5 yards a return and scored on an 81-yard runback vs. the Giants. But he has had ball security issues. Randle isn’t as much of a threat to take it to the house, but he excels at catching and holding onto the ball. And that is what Tom Coughlin looks for first and foremost in a punt returner.
JOHN SCHMEELK: I’ll lay low on Trindon Holliday here as well, and go with first round pick Odell Beckham Jr, who showed the quickness and explosion in college to be an excellent punt returner.
DAN SALOMONE: Trindon Holliday. At 5-foot-5, he’s a unique talent that became the first player in NFL history to score multiple return touchdowns in a single postseason game with his previous team, the Denver Broncos. While blocking has been part of the reason, the Giants’ punt returners haven’t helped out the field position battle in recent years. Holliday can do that and more, but he has to hang onto the football.