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Default Martin To Return Both Kicks and Punts

For those of you who might have missed it.

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Holliday had 10 kick returns for 194 yards (19.4 average) and 16 punt returns for 147 yards (9.2 avg) in five games. The Texans rank last in the NFL with 17.6 yards per kickoff return. Rookie wide receiver Keshawn Martin, an All-Big Ten kick returner at Michigan State, will take over for Holliday on returns.

Kubiak called it a "tough decision" to release Holliday, who returned three kicks for touchdowns in the preseason.

"As you move through the season, you have issues at one spot or another," Kubiak said. "We’re carrying 11 defensive backs right now. We had six wide receivers, so we have to go pull from somewhere, so that’s the place we chose to go. By no means is it a statement of what we thought of Trindon. We have not been playing up to par on special teams giving returns the opportunity, so that had nothing to do with it. You never know. Our paths may cross again.”
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I don't remember Martin returning kicks in college, but he was a heck of a punt returner. My guess is this might herald more WR work for Posey. If things don't work out with Martin or he needs return relief, it will likely be Forsett.link


Edit: Evidently, he also performed well as a kick returner.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>Punt Ret>>>>Kick Ret
Year School Conf Class Pos Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
2008 Michigan State Big Ten FR WR 3 1 0.3 0 2 50 25.0 0
2009 Michigan State Big Ten SO WR 21 156 7.4 0 23 665 28.9 1
2010 Michigan State Big Ten JR WR 16 228 14.3 1 20 355 17.8 0
2011 Michigan State Big Ten SR WR 25 274 11.0 1 2 30 15.0 0
Career Michigan State >>>>>>>>>65 659 10.1 2 47 1100 23.4 1
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