Who will return punts for the Packers in 2022 season?
The last time the Green Bay Packers returned a punt for a touchdown was in 2014.
It was former Packers safety Micah Hyde taking a 55-yard return to the house in Week 17 vs. the Detroit Lions.
So, you could say that it’s been a minute since Green Bay’s special teams has been able to find success in that particular phase. With experienced special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia coming to town earlier this offseason, the entirety of the unit is due for a big step in the right direction.
But especially the return game.
According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers had three players returning punts during minicamp: Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, and Romeo Doubs.
Each of these players either have had success returning punts or just overall experience.
In his younger days, Cobb was a very good return man for the Packers. He has a career yards-per-return mark of 9.2 and does have one career punt return for a touchdown.
Rodgers was the predominant return man as a rookie for Green Bay last year due to the season-ending knee injury to RB/PR Kylin Hill. In 20 punt returns, Rodgers recorded a total of 166 yards, which is an average of 8.3.
Rookie Doubs was a good punt returner at the University of Nevada. He returned 37 career punts for a total of 463 yards, which translated to an average of 12.5. His first ever punt return in college resulted in a touchdown.
So Bisaccia definitely has some options.
I didn’t even mention second-round pick Christian Watson, who was not seen returning punts at OTAs but did have two career kick return touchdowns at North Dakota State.
But addressing the return game was definitely important for GM Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur. They did that.
Now, the way they could go is choose experience with Cobb. They could roll with the lighter, quicker Rodgers, who was the leading punt returner for the team last year. Or, they could utilize the explosiveness and production of Doubs.
Who knows if Watson gets into the picture too?
The great news is that the Packers have more options than they’ve had in years. They have an incredibly experienced special teams coach in Bisaccia leading the unit. This part of the team will be much better in 2022. Take that to the bank.