Apparently, Michael Smith Can’t Return PuntsSeptember 26th, 2012
With the news yesterday the Bucs cut punt returner/wide receiver Jordan Shipley, largely because he gave up a fumble in his first and only chance returning a punt for the Bucs, and replaced him on the roster with former Cane Roscoe Parrish, it got Joe to thinking:
It seems, for reasons unknown, speedster Michael Smith cannot return punts.
The Bucs drafted the scatback out of Utah State largely because of his crazy yards-per-carry average and that he is lightning fast. A return man he is, Bucs people said with glee.
Now Smith is returning kickoffs for the Bucs. He is listed on the depth chart as first team kick returner and averages just over 18 yards a kickoff return. He has yet to field a punt, however.
If Smith is such a great return guy, and all suggestions are that he is, why not try to field punts?
Oh, and since Smith was brought in as a change-of-pace kinda guy, rather than using the plodding between-the-tackles rushing of Doug Martin 20-plus times a game for little to no gain, how about using Smith’s speed to advantage with some trap plays or — gasp! — plays on the corners?