A pair of rookies – LB Jasper Brinkley and S Jamarca Sanford – filled in for a pair of regular starters last week against the Cincinnati Bengals and stepped up their game in a winning effort.
But there was also a 2nd-year player who stepped up his game in place of a missing starter last Sunday.
Darius Reynaud, who regularly returns punts for the Vikings, was also inserted as a WR and the team’s kick returner in place of an ailing Percy Harvin. Reynaud averaged 27.0 yards per kickoff return on 2 attempts against Cincinnati and also registered 60 punt return yards on 5 tries.
After the game on Sunday, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress seemed pleased with Reynaud’s performance.
“I thought he did a good job,” Childress said. “He did a good job in preseason. He’s got running back-type skills and can break tackles. He’s strong and got a little bit of wiggle. (He) did a good job with the punt returns as well. He can catch kickoffs or punt returns and push it back up in there.”
Reynaud’s position flexibility was a huge plus for the Vikings this past week, who were missing Harvin, a favorite for rookie of the year honors, for the first time this season. While Reynaud has shown an ability to play multiple positions, it’s clear, as Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune points out, that his primary role on the team this season is as a returner.
Given Harvin’s history with migraines, though, it’s well within the realm of possibility that Reynaud will be utilized again this season in the same capacity as last Sunday.
Fortunately for the Vikings, Reynaud has the ability to step up his game.
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