Thomas has shown promise as a return man (especially during his sophomore season at Michigan State), and has excelled on special teams in the past, but has failed to break off a long return recently, and has muffed a couple kickoffs to boot.
“I can be a stud back there,” Thomas said. “But I’m a dud if I’m out there muffing returns.”Though the 24-year old has physical talent (he is a former 2nd round pick), he is at the bottom of the depth chart among wide receivers, and is in trouble of being inactive or even losing his roster spot if he does not regain his kickoff duties.
As for the men set to replace him, Ware has some NFL experience returning kicks, to average results. But the more exciting development is that Scott, the explosive rookie who had two long touchdown runs in the pre-season, should get a chance to show off his 4.4 speed.
Scott returned kickoffs during his freshmen season at Maryland to good but not great results, and was replaced the following season by Torrey Smith (although that's no indictment of Scott; Smith went on to break the ACC career kickoff return record). The rookie has all the skills to be an effective kick returner, and may be the Giants' best option, although he has had problems with fumbles in the past. If he can hold on to the ball, Scott knows what will make him successful:
"My speed," [Scott] said when asked what he brings to the return units. "I can get up to speed, and then I have good vision. I think I can make some things happen."Many Giants fans, including writers and readers of Giants Football Blog, have been calling for Scott to get more touches after his impressive pre-season. It looks like he may get that opportunity this Sunday in San Francisco.