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Packers Question of the Day - Who Should be the Main Return Specialists?

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Packers Question of the Day - Who Should be the Main Return Specialists?

Between primary designees such as Jeff Janis and Micah Hyde whom fans are accustomed to seeing on special teams, who should be the Packers' primary return group in 2016?

Ty Montgomery's shown a hint of explosiveness with his given opportunities on run-backs. Jared Abbrederis, when healthy, has also been in the mix as well as Randall Cobb, whose career in Green Bay initially begin with him serving as a return specialist. 

Enter Trevor Davis, who was as versatile as he was elusive during his kick-returning days at Cal. He brings an interesting spin to the roulette that is return specialists for the Packers. 

Ruling in injuries as well as Montgomery's possible expanded role in the team's offense, whether or not Abbrederis makes the cut and how the Packers decide to utilize Davis; who should be the duo that returns kickoffs for the Packers and who should be the lone wolf on punt returns? Pitch your opinion in the comments below. 


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Tundraboy's picture

I can see Hyde, Janis along with some Davis and Cobb from time to time. Not sure about Abby, we need him to be healthy which has been a problem from day 1.

Nick Perry's picture

I'd rather stick with Hyde or Davis if Davis proves decent as a PR. I'd just soon not see Cobb anywhere near ST unless it's an absolute emergency.

On KR I'd rather see Davis or Janis, Davis was pretty damn good 2 years ago at KR. Janis was pretty good last season, so was Monty. I've always been nervous about having part of the Starters on Offense (Cobb) or Defense (T. Williams) on Return Duties.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

"Montgomery is easily the Packers best most proven KR."

Monty has just 7 NFL KO returns for a 31 yard average, which is a very small sample size. But we know he is good at it due to his 91 kickoff returns in college for a 27.4 yard average. Janis has 18 NFL kickoff returns for a 28 yard average, still a pretty small sample size, and he only returned 7 KOs in college for a low 15.9 yard average. Jury is out IMO as to who is better at KR, but I'd grant that Monty has far more experience and is more proven. Whichever player is getting the fewest snaps on offense should be the KR.

Handsback's picture

It seems that Janis may be just a ST star in which case have him on all the STs. He has value as a WR, but appearently not as a starter.

dobber's picture

Janis has proven that he can provide a spark returning KOs, Montgomery and Davis have a good track record in college. With that kind of depth, KO returns will probably be decided by who is healthy, who shows well in camp, and who is NOT getting lots of key snaps on offense.

Punt returns still belong to Hyde, IMO. Cobb and Abby are capable.

Good depth at return specialists in general. Not a concern.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Bingo. Lots of depth and lots of quality at KR and PR.
PR = hands first, > return ability. Hyde, > Abby, Davis, Cobb.
KR = Janis, Monty, Davis.

Bedrock's picture

I get the feeling Janis' role will decrease on special teams if he bumps up on the depth chart. He hasn't shown the mental ability to handle offense, and perhaps special teams is in the way. Just throwing that out there.
Montgomery seems more likely to be a consistent kick off returner with the ability to be explosive. I trust Janis to have a great return followed by making a boneheaded decision landing us inside the 15.
The ideal is Davis shows up. This allows Abby and Montgomery to stay healthy and Janis to think about offense. Unfortunately this doesn't prevent Janis from being the gunner demon, but that can still happen.
On punts, I like Hyde. It doesn't compromise his other roles. He's dependable and consistent and has shown the ability to be explosive.

RCPackerFan's picture

I thought Hyde regressed as a PR last year. I wouldn't mind seeing Abbrederis taking over that role. Or even Davis or Montgomery if healthy.

KR I am hoping that Davis, Janis and/or Montgomery take that role.

The thing I like about our returners is we have guys who have game changing speed.

Bearmeat's picture

With his injury history, I don't want Abby anywhere near KR or PR. Especially when there are plenty of capable people on the roster. I think Hyde didn't have a great year last year, but he has proven he can do consistently well in the past. And it's not like he's gotten old all of a sudden and lost what little speed he had...

I'd like to see Janis on KR and the sure handed Hyde on PRs.

RCPackerFan's picture

Abbrederis I think would be fine on PR. He was a really good PR in college. I wouldn't use him on KR though.
Hyde just seemed to hesitate and make bad decisions last year. I would like to see them go with Abbrederis, Montgomery or Davis there.

For KR probably Janis would be the best option. He is really tough to tackle, and has the speed to go a long ways. If Montgomery were fully healthy I would go with him. But due to his injury's I would rather go another direction. Davis maybe a great option to return both Kicks and Punts.

I look forward to seeing how this competition goes throughout camp.'s picture

It is a blessing to have choices in that area. And it brings to mind one area of the offense where some personel innovation may be relevant. Why not make Eddie Lacy a FB? Or FB/RB? He has the size and skills to do the blocking and catching as well as running. And plug Montgomery in as a rb.

With the promise being shown with our multiple wrs, why not give Janis a chance at TE? Sure right now he is light, but he has shown his guts and grit on special teams.

And utilize Hundley. Have both Aaron and him in together. He is a threat to run. Or have him do a set of plays as a change up. I think it would realy mess up the opposing defense.

dobber's picture

"Why not make Eddie Lacy a FB? Or FB/RB?"

I would argue that the Packers play single back so much that this is really immaterial.

"With the promise being shown with our multiple wrs, why not give Janis a chance at TE?"

Because he'll never play in-line (because he'd get killed) which means he's split out, which makes him...a WR. A TE that splits out wide is really just a big WR.

marpag1's picture

Rather than any of these "personnel innovations," I think I would rather line up with 10 guys. I mean, imagine the confusion as defensive coordinators try to cover the invisible man.

Rodgers and Hundley on the same field? Intriguing... will Rodgers run a deep post route? Take the handoff on a fullback blast? Who could know? Ah, the possibilities...

Tarynfor12's picture

With the KO ' being brought out to the 25 yard line, the number of returnable ones will diminish even more than the 40% unless the ' mortar type ' is used to ensure a return, however doubtful to any real concern.
The punt returner is the most valuable and he must have the hands more than the speed.

the real russ letlow's picture

Janis, Montgomery and Davis on KO. Hyde, Abby & Cobb on PR. Mix and match if you want, because I think they can all do both.

EdsLaces's picture

I like Janis as a returner simply because of his size. Hate to see the smaller guys taking hits like that. Hyde being more of a backup dB is good on punt returns because if he was injured it wouldnt be as big a blow.

poonhound's picture

Hyde is sure handed, everyone else is a question mark. Except Cobb, we already know he bobbles too many. KR is Janis. Why even mention Montgomery? He's still made little headway from a week 6 "ankle sprain". But this is preseason, maybe Davis can force his way in.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

We have many choices this year, injuries will dictate what happens. Who knows who is going to comeback strong.

chs's picture

This is possibly a Super year, the pack need to place Jared and Janis on those duties. The competition should be Lively, somebody is going to be demoted, the best three Wide's on Green Bay right now Cobb, Davis, and Nelson if he can still play, if not, thank you, Next...all other's have to fight to stay healthy & keep a Job....Next in Line...

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