The Cleveland Browns have struggled greatly with returning punts. Jordan Poyer held the job earlier in the season and is now getting another shot:
Travis Benjamin, Jim Leonhard and Poyer have all taken turns as punt returners. All three have fumbled punts. It has gotten so bad that local media have been pushing for Josh Cribbs to be brought back. Another proposal is for the Browns to rush all 11 players trying to get a block and just let the punt be downed if they miss.
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When Josh Gordon returns next week, which hopefully will include Jordan Cameron back healthy, the Browns could look to put Taylor Gabriel back there. Gabriel returned punts in college but hasn’t been used yet in the NFL, likely due to his importance in the offense. With Gordon back his role will be a bit diminished and the Browns can risk Gabriel in the physically dangerous role.
For this week the hope is that Jordan Poyer can just catch the punt and get a couple yards. Benjamin was all or nothing, often losing yards, while Leonhard did well catching punts but struggled when asked to actually return them.
Cribbs is unlikely and Ray Farmer hasn’t seemed overly interested in bringing in another player. Marlon Moore has had a very limited role outside of as a kick returner. He could be cut when Gordon returns.
What do you think the solution is for Browns punt return problems? Jordan Poyer?