I have expanded the topic to be about all Player Roles, with the QB style/tendency thrown in to supplement.
Here is something I think could make a big difference in the timing of Return plays:
*Might also apply to interception and fumble returns by these particular players, may be something to consider.
Arrow with 3 X's: Return Specialist
This player is considered a Return Specialist.
This role will be removed when the player averages 15 yards or less per kick
return or 5 yards or less per punt return for the season.
This role increases the player's value 12%.
During a return*, this player will receive AWR +3, AGI +2, ACC +2, and BTK +2.
His blockers will receive RBK +2 while his opponents receive TAK -2.
I have gone through ourlads.com's depth charts for each NFL team and I have compiled all of the starting returners, plus a few others, into this list of potential "Return Specialists."
ARI: JJ Nelson (PR, KR), Patrick Peterson*
(PR), David Johnson*
ATL: Eric Weems (PR), Tevin Coleman (KR)
BAL: Michael Campanaro (PR, KR), Keenan Reynolds (PR, KR)
BUF: Reggie Bush (PR, KR), Walter Powell (PR, KR)
CAR: Ted Ginn Jr. (PR, KR), Joe Webb† (KR)
CHI: Marc Mariani (PR), Deonte Thompson (KR)
CIN: Adam Jones (PR), Brandon Tate (KR), Alex Erickson (PR, KR)
CLE: Corey Coleman (PR), Raheem Mostert (PR, KR)
DAL: Lucky Whitehead (PR, KR)
DEN: Jordan Norwood (PR, KR)
DET: Golden Tate (PR), Ameer Abdullah (PR, KR)
GB: Micah Hyde (PR, KR)
HOU: Tyler Ervin (PR, KR)
IND: Quan Bray (PR, KR)
JAX: Rashad Greene (PR), Corey Grant (KR)
KC: Tyreek Hill (PR), Knile Davis (KR), De'Anthony Thomas (PR), Frankie Hammond (PR, KR)
LA: Tavon Austin (PR), Benny Cunningham (KR)
MIA: Jarvis Landry (PR, KR), Jakeem Grant (PR), Damien Williams (KR)
MIN: Marcus Sherels (PR), Cordarrelle Patterson (KR)
NE: Julian Edelman (PR), Danny Amendola (PR, KR), Matthew Slater (KR), Keshawn Martin (PR, KR)
NO: Travaris Cadet (PR, KR), Marcus Murphy (PR, KR)
NYG: Dwayne Harris (PR, KR), Bobby Rainey*
NYJ: Jeremy Ross (PR, KR), Kyle Williams (PR, KR), Jalin Marshall (PR, KR)
OAK: Travis Carrie (PR), Taiwan Jones (KR)
PHI: Darren Sproles (PR), Josh Huff (KR)
PIT: Antonio Brown (PR), Markus Wheaton (PR, KR), Demarcus Ayers*
SD: Travis Benjamin (PR), Branden Oliver (KR) Javontee Herndon (PR, KR)
SEA: Tyler Lockett (PR, KR)
SF: Bruce Ellington (PR, KR)
TB: Adam Humphries (PR), Kenny Bell (KR)
TEN: Harry Douglas (PR), Tre McBride (KR)
WAS: Jamison Crowder (PR), Rashad Ross (PR, KR)
Free Agents: Josh Cribbs, Devin Hester, Jacoby Jones, Marcus Thigpen, Javier Arenas, Kaelin Clay, Dexter McCluster, Cecil Shorts III*Suggestions not currently listed on ourlads.com, includes 2016 projections: http://www.4for4.com/fantasy-football/2 ... pth-charts
†Requires that Joe be switched from QB to WR in Madden rosters
Article on "Top 10 Return Specialists" in 2015: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2516 ... on/page/11
KR averages: http://www.footballdb.com/stats/stats.h ... =&limit=50
PR averages: http://www.footballdb.com/stats/stats.h ... =&limit=50
Follow-up on performance of Return Specialists:
I made Marcus Sherels (PR), Cordarrelle Patterson (KR), Harry Douglas (PR), and Antonio Andrews (KR) "Return Specialists" and decided to test the effects. I played four first halves (4 x 30:00 games) with Vikings and Titans using those roles.
Punt Returns: YES. Most punt returns were over 10 yards! I saw returns of 9, 10, 12, and 13 by the AI, and I thought there was at least one greater than that. Both Douglas and Sherels had ~10.0 yd punt return averages after 30:00
Kick Returns: Not as big of a difference, but there was a 40+ yarder by Andrews called back due to Holding; Patterson got about the same numbers I usually see from him in Madden, 24-29 yd averages, a long of 29.
How about that, less than 24 hours after adding him to the (??) category and Reggie Bush signs a one-year deal with the Bills. Honestly, I'm not quite sure where he fits in with them, because the Bills have several Return Specialists already, including Archer and Arenas. He's an option there too, though; I suppose if you like the idea of using Madden 08's position battles to determine the best return man then you'll be interested in the options the Bills have.
Aha! So Reggie is going to be a "Return Specialist" for the Bills in 2016:
Bills GM Doug Whaley said Monday that the team views Reggie Bush as "mainly a returner."
Whaley said the coaches may draw up "some sets" that will have Bush and LeSean McCoy on the field "together," but the Bills mainly want Bush to upgrade their return game. Were McCoy to miss time, Bush would become a candidate for passing-game work [...]. Aug 1 - 4:20 PM