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Simmons as potential Kick/Punt Returner?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by BuffNut99, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    I really liked what I read in Ringo's latest blog:

    http://buffzone.pmpblogs.com/

    for a couple of reasons. I like the fact that a) J.Smith was seemingly pretty cool w/ Simmons about his plans and not bashing the school (he really could have) and b) Simmons has return experience and is interested in the job, in addition to being our star wideout. All indications are looking good for this kid to be here and to be able to contribute immensely.
     
  2. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    With limited depth, I really do not think it is a good idea to have a WR returning kicks.
     
  3. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Stewart as the KR imo... PR is a different story
     
  4. Highflyer

    Highflyer Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    If Espinoza is healthy, he's the PR.
     
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  5. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    him or lock, definitely.
     
  6. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    I agree - put a RB back there or find a DB. Kicks are easy to catch and there's a long list of guys who can do it. PR is a lot tougher and I think Espy has that one nailed.
     
  7. Scotch

    Scotch Registered User Club Member Junta Member

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    With his reported speed I would have liked to see Polk get a shot at PR/KR.
     
  8. buffwings

    buffwings Club Member Club Member

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    Nah, I would hate see Polk get hurt on special teams. We need his talent in other areas. JMHO.
     
  9. stampy

    stampy Well-Known Member

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    I'm of the mind that the best returner should be back there, regardless of depth at their position, especially at KR. I'm guessing more players are hurt running patterns across the middle than are being tackled on a kick return.

    That being said, if the rationale was to avoid exposing a more valuable player to injury, why on Earth would you put Speedy back there in lieu of a receiver? He was a hell of a lot more valuable to us last season than any single wr.
     
  10. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    KR is a bit safer then PR.
     
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    stampy Well-Known Member

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    It's also much tougher to find guys who can do it. Not just anybody has the elusiveness, hands, and the giant coconut balls to be able to be a PR.
     
  12. Hugegroove

    Hugegroove Club Member Club Member

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    I wonder if Hawkins would give Celistine a shot at returning kicks?
     
  13. CUwhit21

    CUwhit21 Club Member Club Member

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    Put Lockridge and Sumler back to return kicks. And then put Stewart or Espinoza back to return punts.

    Sumler is the lead blocker like he was for Smith last year and Lockridge takes over Smith's role (Straight line runner with great speed). Stewart/Espinoza are both shifty/smaller guys that can make unblocked defenders miss.
     
  14. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Maybe next year.
     
  15. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Man. I hope he makes it back. I'm pulling for that guy.
     
  16. buffsyko

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    Me too, he is a deep threat and gives us speed. Also for what he's been through.
     
  17. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Me too. If he makes it back, what a story. Sounds like he has started off on the right foot.
     
  18. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Flip Stewart and Lockridge and I am down. Stewart (so the rumor goes) doesn't have great hands on PR, nor is he the guy you want standing there waiting for the ball to drop into his hands so that a defender can smoke him.

    Give him KR's where he has time to make the catch and he can use his speed and size to hide behind his blockers and find seams.

    On PR, his injury risk goes up and his hands aren't as good (ie muffs)
     

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