Should We Put Harry Douglas At Risk In Return Game?

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Matt Ryan #2 passes to Harry Douglas #83 of the Atlanta Falcons during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Daniel Cox over at the mothership writes this nice little piece about HD's love for the return game, and it also shares the fact that HD was only a part-time returner at Louisville. He also didn't really know how good he was until he came to the Falcons, where he immediately fell in love with returning punts.

Special teams coach Keith Armstrong seems to think HD has a pretty good chance at winning the job, however James Rodgers and DFranks are still in the mix.

The real question is whether or not we should use HD in the kick/punt return game, because after HD, our receiver quality goes down the toilet. I'm very confident in Gonzo/Roddy/Julio's ability to carry the game with just the three of them, but it would be nice to have our fourth option ready to go at a moment's notice. It's much easier to see D.Franks or James Rodgers returning kicks since they're not as important as HD, but even then, DFranks might be our best corner that doesn't start, so do we really want to risk him, too?

(I feel like we've talked about this before. If we have, sorry!)

Given that things are relatively equal talent-wise, should we take James Rodgers on as purely a special teamer and emergency receiver? Or should we give the job to HD, who might be a little bit better, but further expose him to injury?

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