Posted Sun May 6th by Monty
“Hello, Broncos training campers! Who here would like to return punts?”
We don’t foresee the Broncos’ undrafted guard volunteering for punt return duty, so the fact remains: there isn’t a single player on the Broncos’ 90-man roster with legitimate experience returning punts at the NFL level.
Eric Decker has done it, but he’s a #2 wide receiver now, and he was too tall anyhow. Cassius Vaughn is a kick returner.
Of the rookies the Broncos brought in, only one, undrafted WR Eric Page, has any collegiate punt return experience.
And that wasn’t exactly Page’s forte, either, as Mike Klis noted on Twitter. Page averaged 102 catches in three seasons at Toledo, and had more success returning kicks (five touchdowns) than returning punts (one).
Still, the Broncos have seen an undrafted rookie make their roster in six consecutive seasons. We expect the Broncos will also try a healthy Omar Bolden in the role, but he has no experience there. If Page grabs this duty of punt returner by the horns, he’s a shoo-in for a roster spot in September.