The Arizona Cardinals will be looking at new kick and punt returners in 2015. Veteran Ted Ginn, signed last offseason to a three-year contract, handled both duties all season and was a disappointment outside of one punt return touchdown early in the season that gave the Cards a win over the Giants.
Ginn was released this offseason, meaning there will be new blood.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians indicated who the initial guys would be to get a first look at the jobs, but indicated the team would look for someone in the draft as well.
"I thought Brittan Golden did a heck of a job in the preseason at both (kick and punt returns)," Arians said. "Kerwynn Williams is more than capable as a kickoff returner.
"That's another thing we will look in the draft, a wide receiver/running back/DB who is return capable."
As for the speculation that newly signed Nate Slaughter would jump right in as a returner, he could, but he did not get signed with the expectation he would do anything.
The idea was this: "You always grab the fastest guy and see what he's got."
Sounds like a plan. Most guys like that don't develop into much. We saw a few last year wow us in the offseason, only to get banged up or show little more than speed.
A couple of names worth looking at for the draft in the middle rounds might be Duke's Jamison Crowder or Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. They are smaller receivers with speed. Both have been dynamic in the return game, too.