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Hasn't been featured KO returner since 2013 rookie year with Rams.  Only 7 KO returns in last 8 years and none in last 4 seasons.  Also had only 5 punt returns in last 2 years.

 

Not a deep threat at WR as only 9.2 ypc in career.  Fringe roster player at best

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47 minutes ago, Sammy Watkins' Rib said:

Confused by this signing to be honest. Seems like a waste of both Austin's and the Bills time. Stevenson seemed like a possible cut candidate before this signing. So Austin still seems like a good possibility to be cut as well. But I get it from Austin's view point. He's signing with a contender that doesn't have a returner set in stone. I'm just not sure the Bills would keep him for only return capabilities. He'll need to prove he can do some things on offense too.

Who is our return man?

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2 minutes ago, HappyDays said:

In the only two OTAs attended by Bills reporters, Marquez Stevenson has had a lot of drops. I guess Tavon Austin takes over his role as a long shot to make the roster as a return specialist. Just shuffling the cards at the bottom of the deck.

It makes sense as it is truly an open competition at KR and PR

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Who is our return man?

Don’t have one, Kalil Shakhir did it  in college but other than that it’s lil dirty and Stephenson, both whom McD said he didn’t trust back there 

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4 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

It makes sense as it is truly an open competition at KR and PR

Don’t have one, Kalil Shakhir did it  in college but other than that it’s lil dirty and Stephenson, both whom McD said he didn’t trust back there 

Yup.

 

We don’t have any return guys atm.  Micah Hyde is our best return man by a mile. 
 

Austin hasn’t had much run as a returner in the nfl but it’s my opinion that they asked him if he can return and he said hell yeah, give me a shot.  He’s at the point of his career where it can be over at any moment.  I doubt many were interested in him as a FA WR.  Return man is the role i think McB has in mind for him.  If not, than @Sammy Watkins' Rib is correct.  This signing doesn’t make sense for either parties involved.

 

i loved watching him play @ WV.  Dude was electric 

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1 hour ago, John from Riverside said:

bye Stevenson

 

We gotta build that pressure everywhere. Though I thought Cook would do one and Shakir the other….

Austin, IDK? Does he still possess that speed?, might be able to line up as fourth target in all fours….

Or five-wide? We could use a superfast target….

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12 minutes ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

This part.

 

He's been washed since McBeane were back in Carolina.  

 

Utter randomness.

Unless he can prove to be trusted return man.  We literally don’t have a return guy unless Shak is that guy.  Stevenson is as good as gone.  Isaiah had his chance and can’t be trusted.  
 

i don’t think I’ve seen him play in 5+ years.

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7 minutes ago, Sammy Watkins' Rib said:

 

I think that is why Austin came here. There isn't one guy holding it down right now. But I don't see him sticking as just a returner. 

I agree for the most part…..but the lack of any proven nfl returner gives him a slight chance.

 

i hope they give Shak a shot.  Would be nice to have a ST player that can actually contribute on a team other than ST

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8 minutes ago, NewEra said:

Unless he can prove to be trusted return man.  We literally don’t have a return guy unless Shak is that guy.  Stevenson is as good as gone.  Isaiah had his chance and can’t be trusted.  

 

While I agree he can't be trusted I also think he's the most electric guy we have for either Punt or Kick Off. I'm willing to let him continue to do it and roll with the risk by a game by game scenario. As long as he at least makes as many good plays as bad. McDermott going with Hyde for example in the windy NE game I thought was a good move. And Hyde had some great returns. He'd probably be the guy majority of the time if he wasn't so valuable for the defense.

4 minutes ago, NewEra said:

Would be nice to have a ST player that can actually contribute on a team other than ST

 

Hyde would be that guy. But don't want him out there all the time. 

 

New England used to always send Edleman back for punts for some reason. And Brown used to do it a lot as well in Pittsburgh. 

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6 minutes ago, Sammy Watkins' Rib said:

 

While I agree he can't be trusted I also think he's the most electric guy we have for either Punt or Kick Off. I'm willing to let him continue to do it and roll with the risk by a game by game scenario. As long as he at least makes as many good plays as bad. McDermott going with Hyde for example in the windy NE game I thought was a good move. And Hyde had some great returns. He'd probably be the guy majority of the time if he wasn't so valuable for the defense.

 

Hyde would be that guy. But don't want him out there all the time. 

 

New England used to always send Edleman back for punts for some reason. And Brown used to do it a lot as well in Pittsburgh. 

Stevenson sucks.  I’ll be shocked if he makes the team again.  
 

I don’t want to see Hyde back there returning punts ever again.  Much too valuable. 

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3 minutes ago, NewEra said:

Stevenson sucks.  I’ll be shocked if he makes the team again.  
 

I don’t want to see Hyde back there returning punts ever again.  Much too valuable. 

When hyde is back there it’s 99.9% a fair catch he’s standing and catching the ball he’s fine

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While I agree that the Bills need a viable returner and that’s what this signing appears to be…

 

The weird thing is that Austin hasn’t returned kicks since 2017. He only seems to be a punt returner these days. 
 

Signing someone to return kicks and punts makes sense to me. Signing someone who ONLY returns punts — and whose skill set is otherwise redundant with McKenzie’s — is a little strange.

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