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Old 08-27-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Default So what do you all think about Hillis returning kicks?

He did it at Arkansas, but I don't know if i want to risk him getting hurt, he is going to be a big part of the offense(I hope)

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True to his word, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has looked at some additional kickoff returners this week.

Running back Peyton Hillis has spent plenty of time fielding kickoffs in practice. Hillis returned punts and kickoffs as a college player at Arkansas.

Rookie wide receiver Kenny McKinley bobbled a kickoff and fumbled another Saturday at Seattle. Rookie cornerback Alphonso Smith also bobbled a kickoff in the game.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:25 AM   #2
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It's not like Smith didn't do this at college. Just rookie nerves, they will settle down. You don't just put somebody else back there this soon. I think what Josh is probably doing is just having somebody else practice with them to let them know he is still looking for somebody to WIN that job. We might see Hillis return a few in the game but I don't think that's going to be anything long term. Although the man does break alot of tackles and has a mean stiff arm, he'd probably do very well.
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I still think Royal should be returning kicks, and Smith punts.
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I still think Royal should be returning kicks, and Smith punts.
I recall reading that Royal would be returning punts, if anything.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:27 AM   #5
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Personally, I want our fastest guy out there returning kicks.

but does it honestly matter who is returning kicks? If it's like anything like the past decade, the blocking will be horrible and the returner will get smothered.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:08 AM   #6
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Personally, I want our fastest guy out there returning kicks.

but does it honestly matter who is returning kicks? If it's like anything like the past decade, the blocking will be horrible and the returner will get smothered.
With the real emphasis on special teams I think we will see improvement in the return area. The coverage teams already look good. I thought McKinley and Smith both looked good in the first game. So, yeah, I do think it is going to matter. I don't see risking Hillis doing it, though. I can see using Royal on occasion when we really need a return - like we did with Rod some.
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He did it at Arkansas, but I don't know if i want to risk him getting hurt, he is going to be a big part of the offense(I hope)

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It will probably result in a career ending knee injury.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:21 AM   #8
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Second worst idea ever.
First worst was the Jayby Cutler trade.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:59 AM   #9
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We might need a platoon of returners, I got a feeling we might be returning a lot of kickoffs this season ...........
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:00 AM   #10
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:01 AM   #11
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he is to important on our offense
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:09 AM   #12
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I think it's a good idea, and Hillis could be a good weapon in the return game. I wouldn't expect him to break crazy TD runs, but he would be very effective at giving the offense consistantly solid or good field position. It;'s similar to when Denver had Droughns returning kick offs, he didn't score on them, but it was the last time we had a solid consistant return game.

I'll say it again, you don't save a player that can help you in a phase of the game. You want the best performer in every position, no exceptions.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #13
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I think we should have JMFW back there returing kicks
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:15 AM   #14
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This goes to my theory that, like Shanahan... McDaniels will try to be too cute with Hillis for a while. But, hopefully he'll end up realizing what Shanahan did, and just hand him the ****ing ball.
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I'll say it again, you don't save a player that can help you in a phase of the game. You want the best performer in every position, no exceptions.
This. Don't forget it.
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I think it's a good idea, and Hillis could be a good weapon in the return game. I wouldn't expect him to break crazy TD runs, but he would be very effective at giving the offense consistently solid or good field position. It;'s similar to when Denver had Droughns returning kick offs, he didn't score on them, but it was the last time we had a solid consistant return game.

I'll say it again, you don't save a player that can help you in a phase of the game. You want the best performer in every position, no exceptions.
how true I want hills to touch the ball as much as possible
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Injuries to kick returners couldn't be more exaggerated. What is it, like one guy every 5-10 years gets a significant injury returning kicks? And for whatever reason people freak out like it happens every game.

Wedge guys go down FAR more often than the actual returners.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:18 AM   #18
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to the people that talk injuries find a life . and to the ones that talk Cutler my god the river watter has hit the ocean
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:20 AM   #19
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Only if somebody kicks him first.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:25 AM   #20
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I don't care who ends up back there as long as we get a lot better in that phase of the game.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:27 AM   #21
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While we're at in, lets have BMarsh on punt coverage as the 'gunner'. I'm sure he's done it at some point in his playing career.
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While we're at in, lets have BMarsh on punt coverage as the 'gunner'. I'm sure he's done it at some point in his playing career.
I bet he would not mind .
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:48 AM   #23
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Hillis is supposed to run over folks, its what he does. That is great in the ground game. Pretty much all the good return guys are fast and elusive - see Dainty Hall. Hillis is not this. He is not explosive, so I dont see him ever busting off one to the house.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:51 AM   #24
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Might as well... The guys who have been doing it up to now haven't impressed.
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Our last kickoff returner that was any good was reuben droughns, a FB/RB. Hmmmmmm.....
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