Packer Search Returns to Ferguson

Despite Antonio Chatman's workmanlike performance, the Packers continue to search for a spark for their return game. Laura Veras Marran reports that their options may include Robert Ferguson...

Antonio Chatman's punt and kick return performance has been good but not great. Kind of like the Packers themselves, there's a lot to like but the end results have been disappointing so far.

Chatman ranks 23rd in put returns with an 8.5-yard average. His kickoff average is 22.3 yards, still not even ranked in the top half of the league at No. 19.

Although no one is saying that Chatman is in danger of losing his job, the Packers' long and mostly fruitless search for a post-Rossum return-man continues.

Receiver Robert Ferguson may get another go, despite his injury history.

"I've been working at it all year," Ferguson said.

Most of Ferguson's career kickoff returns came last season, when he retured six kickoffs for 113 yards (18.8 avg.) with a long return of 25 yards.  His career numbers are 8 returns for 145 yards (18.1 avg.). He has four post-season runbacks for 54 yards.

Pulling double duty assumes a greater risk of injury, especially for a player who saw an injury contribute heavily to a disappointing rookie season.

Ferguson has displayed a new toughness this season, however, including playing through a knee sprain  to compile 16 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown His expanded role also includes earning a good reputation on special teams where he has eight tackles, just one behind leader William Henderson.

The receiver sees taking another crack at kickoff returns as a complement to his current duties.

"It might add to my game because I'll be touching the ball more."

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