Originally posted by Psinex:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
I'm actually comfortable with Williams as the primary punt returner. He caught punts last year without incident and he's very explosive with the ball in his hands. He has to show he can play X and Y receiver, because I expect Boldin to be our primary slot guy.
Not worried about Jenkins either. I'm sure there were other drops yesterday, but its only noteworthy when #17 does it. The fact he's working with the 1st unit is a good sign. Our coaching staff doesn't hand anyone a starting reps, they have to earn it. This bodes well for Jenkins.
Um, he caught punts for all of how many games last year, all of three games? I am as comfortable with Williams as the primary punt returner as I'd be taking a dump at a bus station on Market Street.
I totally understand why you would feel that way. I just think what happened 2 years ago in the NFCCG was a fluke. I'd be more worried if he constantly muffs punts, but he doesn't. In fact, I can't remember him actually muffing a punt. He looks fine tracking the ball, getting under it, and catching it. Even in that NFCCG he doesn't muff a punt. The ball took a short hop and ricocheted off his leg, the other time the defender got a great hand on the ball.
The coaching staff appears comfortable with him returning punts. They let Ginn walk, and Williams appears to be the next man up. I'd trust him fielding punts more than James.