Reynaud Shining In Punt Return Game

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 22, 2009 – 1:56 pm

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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5 Responses to “Reynaud Shining In Punt Return Game”

  1. By Adrienne W on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I also noticed that Reynaud stepped up and made some great returns. In previous games he seemed to do well…but lacked the willingness to chance the carry and RUN! Last few games Reynaud has changed my opinion and expectations when he is in place for the Kickoff Return. “You are doing GREAT Reynaud!”…We APPRECIATE you and all you are doing with the Team!

    Looking forward to seeing Reynaud and the entire Vikings Family in the vs. Bears game.

    Practice outside gentlemen to prepare for Soldiers Field…it’s NOT heated, Peace to ALL!!!

  2. By Derek on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I was telling my dad that Reynaud is close to breaking for a TD!

  3. By PurplePeopleEater on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I have definately been liking what I have been seeing out of Reynaud, and have wondered why we are not seeing more of him in the passing game as well. I don’t think I have seen us line up in a 5-receiver set all year, but with all the talent we have on WR, it would really open things up on the field, and SHOULD take some pressure off the QB as well, backing off a blitzer to cover the extra man. Just imagine all the time Favre would have in the pocket if defenses had to cover Berrian, Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe, and Reynaud/Lewis/Taylor/Peterson/Johnson all at the same time. And let’s not forget that Kleinsasser has some good hands on him as well!

  4. By CA Norwegian on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Reynaud is as skillful as a surgeon. Since his initials are DR we should give him the nickname DR. It might even get him some Dr. Pepper endorsement money. He hasn’t been involved in any turnovers, right? Thank You, Dr.

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