The San Diego Chargers have not announced their choice to be the team’s primary kick return man. Richard Goodman finished the 2011 NFL season ranked seventh among all kick returners with an average of 27.5 yards per return. This included a 105 yard TD return against the Oakland Raiders.
Michael Spurlock played in 42 games from 2006-2011 with 37 coming as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Spurlock’s 27.8 yards per kick return ranked fourth in the NFL for the 2007 season and his 25.7 yards per return ranked seventh during the 2010 season.
Spurlock is coming off a 2011 season in which he averaged 16.5 yards per return, but he only returned two kicks. San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner said that Goodman is doing well and Spurlock is looking good.
Turner also said that the decision on who will be the primary kick returner does not have to be made until the regular season opener against Oakland on September 10, 2012.
Spurlock has more NFL experience and more success as a kick returner. Goodman appeared in three games as a rookie and 19 games in the NFL. Based on Turner’s comments, Thursday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers could be huge for Goodman and Spurlock.
Goodman missed a lot of time in training camp because of a groin injury, but this has not taken him out of consideration for being San Diego’s primary kick returner.
Goodman will be a restricted free agent after the 2012 season while Spurlock will be an unrestricted free agent. The 2012 season could be huge for their futures in the league.