With training camp already underway and the preseason set to kickoff on Sunday, many New York Giants fans have begun making roster prediction already. While nothing is set in stone and a lot can change between now and the season opener against the Detroit Lions, certain positions are unique and may be a bit easier to figure out than others.
The Giants currently have a few options to field both kick and punt returns, but when it comes to making the team, such players are often made expendable when others can do the job or a need for depth is found elsewhere.
Unfortunately, punt and kick returning are two different skills. Fielding punts is far more difficult than kickoffs and therefore a good kick returner like Quintin Demps may not necessarily be a great punt returner. Coughlin’s emphasis on ball security is paramount and that is a major reason why Rueben Randle was often the Giants' punt returner in 2013. Not because he was breaking away for five yards after the catch, but because he had the hands and concentration to field the ball properly without risking a fumble or a drop.
Trindon Holliday was signed to be the type of punt returner that can not only field punts, but make dynamic plays after he does. Unfortunately, Holliday is a bit small to make an impact as a receiver outside of certain packages or designed plays so he would likely make the team as an all-purpose return man that would handle kickoffs as well. Quintin Demps however, is the better kick returner, but lesser punt returner. He is also a speedy third safety for the Giants that can actually be productive as a member of the secondary and both offensive and defensive special teams.
Unless the Giants find themselves in a desperate situation, both Demps and Holliday could make the team as the respective kick and punt returners.
The Giants would ideally like to use someone other than their number two receiver Rueben Randle fielding punts and David Wilson will likely never see special teams duties again after his most recent scare (if he even returns to the field at all). It will be up to Demps and Holliday to make the best of their opportunity starting this Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game.
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