Don’t ask Jason Garrett who will be returning kicks and punts for the Dallas Cowboys when the regular season kicks off next month, because he’s not quite sure, just yet.
“They’re wide open,” Garrett said of the roles recently, per the team’s official website.
Of course, this question is set up by the departure of Dwayne Harris, who served as the team’s kick returner, punt returner and a fine gunner on punt coverage. Harris left Dallas in free agency this offseason on the back of a five-year, $17.5 million for the New York Giants.
Garrett said the team doesn’t have a preference whether Harris is ultimately replaced by one player or a few. Among those the Cowboys are looking at to take over at least one of the return jobs is undrafted FAU product, Lucky Whitehead, who will make his debut on Thursday.
“We’re looking for guys who can step in. I don’t know if you have a preference,” Garrett said. “I think you want your best punt return guy, you want your best kickoff return guy. Hopefully those guys are on your roster that you don’t have to have a specialty guy in each of those spots. I think based on where we are right now, we’re optimistic that there’s good competition that we can find somebody that we like.”