Shooting the Bull: A look ahead to Week 1
Keshawn Martin will be the Texans’ primary kick and punt returner to start the season, head coach Gary Kubiak said on Friday.
"It's very exciting," Martin said. "Any time you return one fo ra touchdown, it changes the whole momentum of the game. That's really what I want to do for the team and help us win."
Martin, now a second-year receiver, was the primary returner for the Texans in both areas last season too.
In 2012, Martin was 17th in the league in kickoff return average with 23.9 yards per attempt. Former Texan Jacoby Jones was first with a 30.7 average. Martin was much better as a punt returner. He averaged 12.1 yards per attempt, good for fifth in the league. He didn't return a punt or a kick for a touchdown.
Safety Danieal Manning is one of the better kick return men in the league but the team saved him for the playoffs last season.
“I’d like to use Danieal,” Kubiak said. “Until Ed (Reed) gets healthy, I don’t think you’ll see Danieal back there but you’ll definitely see him in the regular season.”
Of the three other guys who returned for the Texans at training camp and in the preseason, two are off the team and one is on the Injured Reserve. The Texans cut Deji Karim and Dennis Johnson and Alan Bonner (sixth-round pick) is on the IR.