NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wanted: A fast, surehanded player needed to follow blocks and pick up yards returning kickoffs and punts. Ability to score touchdowns a plus.
That's one job the Tennessee Titans are looking to fill at this training camp after leading the NFL in kickoff return average in 2008. They did that thanks to Chris Carr who also handled all but two punt returns but left for Detroit this offseason in free agency.
Luckily, the Titans have a handful of players in camp who have returned kicks and punts here or back in college. Versatility, the ability to return and play another position, will be very key.
The Titans tried to address the hole in free agency by signing Mark Jones, who was a returner with Carolina a year ago. He ranked third in the NFC, averaging 11.4 yards per punt return, and was 11th on kickoffs with 24 yards per return and a long of 59 yards.
But Jones has been hampered by a tight hamstring the past three days and missed Monday morning's special teams practice.
That could open the door to others.