Time Toone seems like the man for this job. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Mike Smith is really good at avoiding giving straight answers to the media. At Flowery Branch on Monday he neglected to share any specifics concerning the starters and over game plan this coming weekend.
Who's starting at right guard against the Chiefs? Smith wouldn't say. Who's the No. 2 quarterback? Smith wouldn't say. Who's returning punts? Well, let's at least go ahead and speculate that scenario.
Tim Toone, Harry Douglas and Jacquizz Rodgers have all been involved with the return game discussion. A new name, though, has been added to stir up even more confusion. Here's what DOL wrote earlier today:
When pressed on the punt return position, Smith said there are three players on the roster, two with experience, capable of returning punts. They are believed to be Harry Douglas, Grimes and Toone.
Brent Grimes? Really? Are we to believe that the Falcons starting cornerback/2010 Pro Bowler/franchise player is going to trot on with special teams and field punts while defenders barrel into him at full speed?
Tim Toone seems to be under the impression that his spot on this roster solely derived from his ability to make an impact on special teams. "I think that is one of the main reasons they kept me to be able to be back there and catch the punts for them," Toone said.
With Dominique Franks out of the picture, I don't see why Toone wouldn't get the nod as the return specialist to start things off. He has experience here, showed reasonable talent during preseason and isn't a starting player on either side of the ball. Don't risk Douglas or Grimes. Vote Toone in 2012. What do you guys think?