Special Teams Outlook: Kick Returner
As I mentioned above, Andre Roberts was frankly a disappointment as a returner this year after being signed in free agency during the offseason. Big plays were few and far between, and he often made poor decisions — which led to four fumbles.
The Falcons need somebody smarter with the ball and more explosive to help the offense with field position. A name I’ll be watching in the Senior Bowl is Darius Phillips, a wide receiver, cornerback and return specialist from Western Michigan with an intriguing skill set.
It just might it be time to look at one of these? Matt Bryant has a great leg, but at his age, it needs to be saved for field goals only. The team’s punter, Matt Bosher has been the kickoff man for years now, but this season it seemed like he had fewer and fewer touchbacks than before. In fact, per NFL.com, this was his worst year as a kickoff specialist since 2014.
It should be noted that Bryant is a free agent. He’s already said he won’t retire, but it’s not absolutely 100 percent certain he’ll come back for one more year as a Falcon. The team would love for him too, and word is he wants to as well. They just need to sign the deal first.