Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Browns' options to return kickoffs
By Brent Sobleski
An overlooked aspect of Dion Lewis' injury is his contributions on special teams. Lewis was projected as the Cleveland Browns' primary kicker returner. Lewis is now out for the season with a fractured fibula, and the Browns need to find a different kick returner.
"(Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski) said with Dion Lewis out, team will look mainly at (Johnson) Bademosi as KO returner, but also (Buster) Skrine & (Travis) Benjamin," Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted.
Bademosi initially competed with Lewis at the onset of camp to be the team's kick returner. He'll slide in that role for the start of the season. But the Browns could also look to both Skrine and Benjamin for more speed on the return unit. Benjamin already serves as the team's primary punt returner. He's returned a pair of punts for touchdowns (one was called back) during the team's first two preseason games. The Browns may eventually decide to expand Benjamin's role to get the ball in his hands more often.