3. Who will be the kick returner?
Davis and Janis were the team’s primary kick returners in 2017, but Janis is gone and Davis could be behind him. Davis was drafted to be the team’s DeSean Jackson. With his speed, he could take the top off of the defense, while being a deadly return threat. He has yet to catch on in the passing game, which could cost him his spot.
With Davis being unable to guarantee himself a roster spot only as a returner, a player such as rookie Jaire Alexander could take it. The team drafted three wide receivers, which further stiffens the competition. They also drafted the first-round pick Alexander who has return ability. Although he only returned one kick in college, he could become the full-timer. His speed and agility were often displayed at Louisville and would work great returning kicks.
Another interesting name is Ty Montgomery. When he was originally drafted, the plan was to use him as a returner. His combination of size and speed made him very strong on kick returns. He had a career average of 27.4 yards per return. With Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams at the running back spot, Montgomery needs more ways to get on the field. This could be one of them.
Davis’ hold on the kick returner job is anything but firm. If he is able to grab a spot as a receiver, he should remain the lead return man. However, with all the strong athletes on the roster, it’s going to be stiff competition for him. A strong kick returner can change a