Percy Harvin has been the star of the Vikings return game in 2009, averaging 28.3 yards per return (3rd in the NFL) and setting a Vikings season and career record with 2 kickoff return TDs in a season.
But another returner on the Vikings roster – Darius Reynaud – is also impressing.
Reynaud has been the Vikings primary punt returner this season and through 14 games he’s 5th in the NFL with an 11.8-yard punt return average. That average currently ranks as the 4th-highest single-season average in team history and with 2 games to go, Reynaud has a chance to climb the charts even further.
Reynaud, who played collegiately at West Virginia University, made the Vikings roster originally as an undrafted rookie but has worked his way into a productive role on the team. He first displayed outstanding return abilities last season while fielding kickoffs. Reynaud posted kick returns of 40+ yards in 2 games – 49 vs. Chicago (11/30/08) and 43 at Detroit (12/7/08). Both of the returns ranked as the 2 longest kickoff returns for the Vikings in 2008.
Then this past preseason, Reynaud housed a sensational punt return from 81 yards out against Dallas, solidifying even further his hold on the punt return job.
In last week’s loss against the Panthers, Reynaud was a rare bright spot for the Vikings. He averaged 14.5 yards per punt return, including a 34-yarder in the 1st quarter, and also registered a 15-yard kickoff return when the Panthers elected to kick it short to avoid Harvin.
It will be fun to watch Reynaud continue to be a bright spot for the Vikings as they move forward towards the playoffs.
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