With Dwayne Harris getting a break from returning punts, apparently because of a variety of nagging injuries, and Bobby Rainey having muffed a punt, the Giants turned to Odell Beckham Jr. to return punts during Sunday’s 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The results were electrifying, even if they don’t show up in the box score. Beckham had a 59-yard return for a touchdown nullified by a Mark Herzlich holding penalty, and a 27-yard return nullified by blocks in the back by Paul Perkins and Eli Apple. Even so, he ended up with 35 official return yards on three attempts, 11.7 per return.
So, the question for you is should the Giants be risking their best player on punt returns? Anyone who is old enough to remember Jason Sehorn wrecking his knee returning a kickoff in a preseason game will cringe every time Beckham goes back to field a punt. The flip side is, though, the more times you can put the ball in the hands of your best player that has to increase your chances of winning.
So, vote in the poll below and let us know if you’re OK with Beckham returning punts.