With Dwayne Harris set to begin the next chapter of his career with the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys are facing a question as to who will return kicks and punts. Part of the answer could involve All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant.
Bryant returned punts early in his career, and while he won’t be the primary return man for obvious reasons, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones left the door open to the possibility that he could return to that role on a limited basis in a conference call with season ticket-holders on Wednesday.
“We may have to do it by committee,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We think Cole Beasley is what we call a safe catcher of punts. He can do that, he’s done it for us. He’ll probably be first in line.
“Then we have a guy in Dez Bryant who had quite a career returning punts at Oklahoma State. When we need a big play, with him maturing as a player, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him in some key situations when we need him back there.”
Among those in the running to return punts, according to Jones, are running backs Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, and undrafted rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead, who averaged 24.7 yards per kick as Florida Atlantic’s return man last year.