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Five Potential Return Men for the New York Giants

Special Teams: Five Returner Possibilities

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With the exception of a couple of years, the New York Giants have suffered in recent years from an anemic return game. However, through free agency and the NFL Draft, the Giants have bolstered their special teams and given themselves a number of options that could assume the roles of kick and punt returner. Here are the five most likely possibilities for New York.

5. Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver

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5. Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver

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Randle has handled punt returns for New York for the most part the past two years and has had mild success. He hasn't broken off any for touchdowns but he does show some explosiveness at times. However, it is less likely to see Randle back there this year, for a couple of reasons. First, New York has more options than previous years and second, the Giants hope Randle will play an even larger role in the offense this season.

4. David Wilson, Running Back

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4. David Wilson, Running Back

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David Wilson's role in 2014 will obviously depend on his health and how he bounces back from January neck surgery. Wilson was New York's kick returner as a rookie and absolutely transformed the special teams into a lethal unit. He consistently gave New York outstanding starting field position and even took one back for a score. However, the Giants may not want to risk further injury for Wilson if they want him to play a big role in the backfield.

3. Quintin Demps, Safety

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3. Quintin Demps, Safety

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Safety Quintin Demps was one of New York's many offseason acquisitions during free agency. Demps has returned kicks for three different teams in his career, including last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has ran two kicks back for touchdowns in his career and will almost definitely see some time returning kickoffs this season. He isn't likely to have a major role in the secondary, so he could be a solid contributor on special teams.

Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver

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2. Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver

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First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. is another viable option at return man. Part of the reason he was so attractive to the Giants was his ability on special teams and his playmaking skills in the open field. Beckham should have a major role on offense this year, so the Giants may not want to risk him getting hurt when they have other options. However, if he shows remarkable skill, it will be hard to ignore him on punts or kicks.

1. Trindon Holliday, Wide Receiver

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1. Trindon Holliday, Wide Receiver

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Trindon Holliday is another free agent signing. His role on offense will be limited, as he will likely get buried at wide receiver. However, last year Holliday showed the Giants first-hand how dangerous he can be on punt returns, taking one to the house in their Week 2 matchup while he was with Denver. Holliday may be the front runner for the job at punt returner at this point.