Originally posted by Rascal:
Then, if you want to talk about diversity of skills such as special teams, Cordarrelle Patterson has to be by far the better returner. This guy is not just fast, but he is extremely elusive and shifty.
Patterson has to be the far better returner
Not sure you are right on this. Depends on how you want to determine better.
One possibility is to look at production.
Patterson had 24 kick returns for 671 yards and one touchdown. (corrected)
Austin had 97 kick returns for 2,407 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Cordarrelle Patterson had 4 punt returns for 101 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tavon Austin had 34 punt returns for 433 yards and 1 touchdown.
These numbers do not support your assertion that Patterson has to be a far better returner
Not sure that these numbers even support the contention that Patterson is a better returner.
Another way to look at the return game is to look at average per return.
Patterson averaged 27.96 yards per kick return.
Austin averaged 24.81 yards per kick return. (corrected)
Still not far better.
Patterson averaged 25.25 yards per punt return.
Austin averaged 12.56 yards per punt return.
Patterson clearly has a far better average than Austin.
The problem is that he only had 4 punt returns.
He did not have enough returns to qualify for the national rankings.
Ricardo Lockette has averaged 52.5 yards per reception.
But, he has only had 2 receptions in his career.
All in all, I would have to say Patterson is clearly not a far better returner
I would argue that Austin has proven to be a more productive returner.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM ]