One of the (many) problems that plagued the Jacksonville Jaguars last season was one of diminishing returns – punt returns that is. The team averaged just 4.7 yards per punt return in 2013, which put them at the very bottom of the league. Ace Sanders did most of the heavy lifting, totaling 140 yards on 25 returns.
With Sanders due to miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, the Jaguars need to find someone to fill in, and ideally take over the position permanently.
Enter rookie running back Storm Johnson, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown during Saturday night’s scrimmage. Here’s a gif of the play:
At Johnson’s Pro Day he only timed a 4.6 40 yard dash, but judging a player’s speed based on that one number is sloppy at best. At UCF Johnson flashed a lot of potential for breakaway speed. He’s also a strong runner who should be able to absorb contact on returns and keep going.
He’s an unconventional pick for a kick returner I’ll admit, but the Jags need somebody to step up there and they could do a whole lot worse than Storm.