While Johnnie Lee Higgins has held down the punt return duties in Oakland, his numbers last year showed a decline in both yards average, touchdowns, and overall yards.
He was taken off the kick return duties, where in 2008, he had 842 yards on 36 kicks. Some wonder if he will get a chance to prove that his speed is still there. Or will another player, perhaps Jacoby Ford, step into the picture?
Higgins, primarily on punt returns and WR duties, also was dealing with injuries, so the possibility exists that the Raiders might make each position independent of each other. So, if one player is hurt, you don't have to find three players to fill in all the tasks associated.
To illustrate how wide open the return game is; last season, three players returned punts—Higgins, Javon Walker and Sam Williams. But in the field of kick returns, eight different players were called on to return kicks—Johnathan Holland, Gary Russell, Justin Miller, Louis Rankin, Marcel Reece, Sam Williams, Tony Stewart, and Luke Lawton.
While it might be a committee for kick returns, wouldn't a single selection with good results be nicer?