Holliday / preseason kick returns
Posted Aug. 22 at 09:44 AM
Trindon Holliday has scored 2 TDs on kick returns this preseason; Darius Reynaud, Brandon Banks and Lorenzo Booker also have scored. Is this reason to adjust draft boards?
When a player returns a kickoff or punt for a touchdown in the preseason, does that make him more (or less) likely to do the same in the regular season?
Below are the last 27 guys to score on kick returns in the preseason. (And the last guy to do it twice, like Holliday, played for the Texans – Jacoby Jones.)
Of these players, which come from the last five seasons (and apologies, I don’t have access to the 2009 preseason stats), there is a fair amount of success in the regular season. A third of those players (9) also scored touchdowns in the regular season.
PLAYERS WHO SCORED ON KICK RETURNS IN THE PRESEASON
Year Tm Player (Regular Season)
2007 Hou Jacoby Jones (34 kickoff/punt rets, no TDs)
2007 Cle Josh Cribbs (3 TDs on 89 kickoff/punt rets)
2007 SD Darren Sproles (2 TDs on 61 kickoff/punt rets)
2007 Oak Johnnie Lee Higgins (5.2 avg on 20 punts, no TDs)
2008 Phi Quintin Demps (25.3 avg on 52 kickoffs, 1 TD)
2008 Buf Leodis McKelvin (28.2 avg on 52 kickoffs, 1 TD)
2008 Oak Johnnie Lee Higgins (3 TDs on 80 kickoff/punt rets)
2008 Phi DeSean Jackson (8.8 on 50 punts, 1 TD)
2008 SF Allen Rossum (26.8 avg on 47 kickoffs, 1 TD)
2008 NYG Domenik Hixon (27 kickoff/punt rets, no TDs)
2008 SF Delanie Walker (19.8 avg on 13 kickoffs)
2008 Chi Earl Bennett (1 punt ret for 17 yards)
2008 Mia Ted Ginn (39 kickoff/punt rets, no TDs)
2008 TB Dexter Jackson (23.4 avg on 14 kickoffs, no TDs)
2010 NE Brandon Tate (25.8 avg on 41 kickoffs, 2 TD)
2010 Was Brandon Banks (84 kickoff/punt rets, 1 TD)
2010 NO Larry Beavers (didn’t make team)
2010 Car Mike Goodson (21.8 avg on 48 kickoffs, no TDs)
2010 Sea Louis Rankin (didn’t make team)
2010 SF Philip Adams (7.3 avg on 4 punts, no TDs)
2010 StL Danny Amendola (90 kickoff/punt rets, no TDs)
2010 GB Jason Chery (didn’t make team)
2011 Sea Doug Baldwin (1 kickoff ret for 37 yards)
2011 SD Bryan Walters (5.6 average on 8 punts)
2011 Was Brandon Banks (87 kickoff/punt rets, no TDs)
2011 NO Joe Morgan (DNP, injured reserve (knee))
2011 Ten Damian Williams (not used on rets)
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