TJ Carrie to return kicks?

The Oakland Raiders drafted speedy wide receiver Andre Debose in the 2015 NFL Draft in hopes that he would help out in the return game, but he’s entering the season on the injured reserve.

Now the Raiders must find someone else to fill in and progress a return game that struggled last season.

The Raiders signed veteran return man Trindon Holliday after Debose was injured, but new special teams coach Brad Seely may ultimately turn to the incumbent return man - cornerback TJ Carrie.

The only problem is that the Raiders likely plan on starting Carrie at cornerback opposite of D.J. Hayden which would make it risky to put him back returning kicks again.

Last season, Carrie averaged 7.5 yards per return on punts and 24.1 yards per return on kickoff returns.

No matter what the coaching staff decides, the second-year corner has faith in the decision.

“I think Brad Seely is a tremendous coach and I feel like all we can do as players is go out there and execute every day they ask us and demand us to do certain antics of the game," Carrie said. "So I’m definitely still back there catching punts, kickoffs, catching kickoff returns, things like that. But coach Seely, he knows what he’s doing, so he’ll definitely try to put all of us in the best situation to go out there and use our expertise on the field. So tremendous trust in him and I’m looking forward to what he has planned as well.”


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