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Who will return punts and kicks this season?

It is said the best offense can be a good defense. But a team also needs a lift from its specialists.


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The Giants know this better than anybody else and acquired a slew of players with decorated resumes as returners this offseason through free agency as well as the draft. For an organization that stresses field position, the Giants hope the newcomers can shake up a unit that finished in the bottom half of the NFL in both kickoff and punt return averages in 2013.

But who will be the guy or guys on Sundays?

"The more return guys you have in the building, the better," general manager Jerry Reese said last weekend. "We haven't had any in the building in some time. The more, the merrier. Whoever wins the job is fine with me, but we have some options there." breaks down the competition:

WR Trindon Holliday*
Punts: Yes
Kickoffs: Yes
NFL Experience: 80 PR (24 FC), 752 YDS (9.4 AVG), 2 TDs; 49 KR, 1,327 YDS (27.1 AVG), 2 TD
Notes: Recorded the longest punt return (90t) and the second-longest kickoff return (104t) in NFL postseason history in Denver's AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Baltimore (1/12/13), becoming the first NFL player to score multiple return touchdowns in a single postseason game.

WR Odell Beckham Jr.*
Punts: Yes (College)
Kickoffs: Yes (College)
NFL Experience: None (2014 first-round draft choice)
Notes: One of the most dynamic players in LSU history, he claimed the 2013 Hornung Award as college football's most versatile player. He also earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 2013 as both a kick returner and return specialist after leading the SEC and ranking No. 2 in the nation in all-purpose yards with a 178.1 average. His 4,118 all-purpose yards rank No. 5 in LSU history.

Safety Quintin Demps*
Punts: No
Kickoffs: Yes
NFL Experience: 96 KR, 2,630 YDS (27.4 AVG), 2 TD
Notes: Last season with Kansas City, he was third in the NFL with a 30.1-yard kickoff return average on 33 runbacks, including a 95-yard touchdown at Washington on Dec. 8.


RB David Wilson
Punts:No **Kickoffs:Yes NFL Experience:66 KR, 1,755 YDS (26.6 AVG), 1 TD Notes: His 1,533 kickoff return yards as a rookie in 2012 set a Giants record, breaking the former mark of 1,291, set by Domenik Hixon in 2009. In 2012 against New Orleans, Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.

WR Rueben Randle
Kickoffs: No
NFL Experience: 44 PR (39 FC), 345 YDS (7.8 AVG), 0 TD
Notes: With a career long of 32 yards, his 8.2 yards per attempt in 2013 ranked 18th in the NFL.

WR Jerrel Jernigan
Kickoffs: Yes
NFL Experience: 21 KR, 492 YDS (23.4 AVG), 0 TD
Notes: As a rookie in the 2011 postseason, Jernigan led the Giants with 5 kickoff returns for 115 yards with a long runback of 34 yards. In college, he returned 67 kickoffs for 1,580 yards (23.4-yard avg.) and 1 score, and ran back 29 punts for 372 yards (12.8-yard avg.) and a touchdown.

RB Michael Cox
Kickoffs: Yes
NFL Experience: 20 KR, 436 YDS (21.8 AVG), 0 TD
Notes: His career long is a 56-yard kickoff return against Detroit in 2013.

New to the Giants in 2014*

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