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Dunn possible return man as season goes on?

Oct. 3, 2013
 

The Packers are taking a hard look at Reggie Dunn in practice for at least this week and perhaps longer to determine whether to promote him to their 53-man roster as a return specialist.

As a senior at Utah last season, Dunn averaged an astounding 51.3 yards on 10 kickoff returns, including four he took back for touchdowns.

The Packers signed Dunn to their practice squad this week after releasing their primary return man, Jeremy Ross, before last weekend’s. Last season, they ignedRoss to their practice squad in mid-October and waited until late December to make him one of their regular returners.

“Pretty outstanding in the Pac-12, (Dunn) was playing against some good athletes,” special teams coach Shawn Slocum said. “He had 10 kickoffs for 500 and some yards, a 51-yard average, something like that, four touchdowns. That’s pretty sharp. He’s got some ability.”

The Packers haven’t said who their return men will be this week against Detroit. Randall Cobb is one option, though the Packers have been trying to get him off that work because of the prominent role he plays in their offense. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is another possibility, and rookie cornerback Micah Hyde is a third.

Slocum said that Dunn is shifty but that his best trait is speed.
When asked if Dunn is as fast as Sam Shields, who probably is the team’s fastest player, Slocum said: “Yeah, who knows? Fast guys are fast. Clocks don’t go out there on the grass. There’s guys that play fast, it shows up and you can see it, it’s pretty obvious.”

Dunn is small (5-9 and 178), but Slocum also said he small returners no longer concern him.
“It used to,” he said. “But when I start looking at what Trindon Holliday is doing I quit worrying about size.”

Holliday, who’s listed at 5-5 and 170, has scored one touchdown on three kickoff returns this season and another touchdown on 13 punt returns for Denver.

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