Originally posted on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 7/16/12
Even though the rookies report to Lehigh TC a few days earlier than the veterans, the Eagles can still begin work on one of the more vulnerable aspects of their offensive game--- the kick return and punt return."We were bad there," special teams coordinator Bobby April understated during minicamp last month. "No question about it."Not since Brian Mitchell in 2002 have the Eagles had a legitimate threat to consistently break long kickoff returns. Quintin Demps did take one back all the way in 2008, but averaged just 23.8 yards on his other 51 attempts that season. J.R. Reed in 2004 showed some potential as a rookie — until a freak offseason injury derailed his career. For 10 years, the Eagles have searched — though not very hard — for the next Mitchell, who was 32 years old when he first arrived in Philadelphia in 2000. That might have changed this spring with the drafting of cornerback Brandon Boykin, the front-runner to take the primary return job from Dion Lewis, whose ability a...
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