Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb runs away from Washington Redskins linebacker Perry Riley (56) and safety Brandon Meriweather (31) for a touchdown in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Who Returns Punts for the Green Bay Packers?


Former Green Bay Packer Desmond Howard.
Andrew Weber- USA TODAY Sports photograph

Punt returner for the Green Bay Packers: It seems this has been a bone of contention for some time with the team.

When was the last time the Packers had a serviceable kick returner?  Since Desmond Howard in the 1990s, I can only remember one other player who was an effective return man for the Packers since then – Allen Rossum in 2000 and 2001.

It seems since that time, the team has struggled to find a return man who could mount any real threat on punts and kicks. Why does it seem so difficult for the Packers to find someone?  They seem to have little problem in finding franchise quarterbacks, but the kick return issue with them has been epic.

This has become an issue once again after the team released Jeremy Ross this week. So the merry-go-round starts again at punt returner. Micah Hyde, Johnathan Franklin, Randall Cobb – who will get the nod next week?  Might make a good “Jeopardy” question. Or do they go outside the organization and sign a free agent from some unknown football type playing league?

Maybe they can just have an open tryout? Maybe “Rudy” will step forth and deliver the Packers’ return game from the wilderness. Do other NFL teams seem to have this kind of problem?  They probably do, but we don’t pay as much attention to anything not Green Bay.

Packers GM Ted Thompson may want to finally address this need in next year’s draft and not continue to ignore it like he did our safety situation.

Just a thought for the day.

Tags: Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers Ted Thompson

  • S.Bolt

    Lavelle Hawkins averaged 29.3 yard per return last year (3rd in NFL) no turnovers. Returned 1 in pre-season for the 9ers just got lost in numbers game.

  • Po Lock

    Teddy did draft Randall Cobb a few years ago to be that return guy they’ve been looking for. Just turned out he’s too valuable at WR, to risk injury as a returner.

  • RyansDad

    Yeah. You tell Ted how to do his job. I’m sure he’ll check with you before he makes his next personnel decision. Of course. There’s the answer!

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  • CLW

    Howard had one great year, during GB super bowl season. He asked to be paid the highest salary in NFL for kick returners, but the Pack passed. He signed with Detroit, & had a ho-hum career after that. It seemed Packer blocking had a lot to do with his success. Now he’s just another X-Packer with a grudge.