The Falcons have gone with Harry Douglas all year as the punt returner. Now with Julio Jones out for the rest of the season and Roddy White still ailing from that high ankle sprain he suffered in the year's second preseason game against Baltimore, Robert Alford has been announced as the team's new number one punt returner.
Douglas will now assume a much more increased role now as a receiver and the last thing the Falcons want to do is risk Douglas' health as the Falcons are becoming thinner and thinner at receiver.
Alford has yet to return any punts in his rookie season. Alford was one of the team's punt returner in his final year at Southeastern Louisiana in college. He had 7 returns for 99 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 14.1 yards per return.
The Falcons haven't really had a great punt returner since Allen Rossum left the team in 2006. There hasn't been a spark from that position in years, Alford hopes to ignite the spark that has laid dormant for the last seven seasons.
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