Is Darius Reynaud the Answer for the Bears’ Special Teams?

The Chicago Bears signed on Monday return specialist Darius Reynaud, a 29-year-old veteran who started his career in Minnesota and spent time with both the Titans and Jets last season.

With Eric Weems released and Chris Williams still on the mend from a hamstring injury, there’s an opportunity for Reynaud to seize the kick returner role. Will he be able to take advantage?

Last season, Reynaud finished 19th in the league in yards per kick return (23.9) and 25th in yards per punt return. In 2012, he was 26th in yards/kick return (23.4) but fifth in yards/punt return (13.2).

For comparison’s sake, here’s how Reynaud stacks up in recent seasons against Devin Hester, whom the Bears released after last season, and the league leaders in kick return average:

Reynaud vs. Hester

While Reynaud will compete for a roster spot — perhaps at the expense of someone like Michael Ford? — it’s unlikely he’ll make Bears fans forget about Hester.

 

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