Will Smith rapped in his ode to this glorious time of year, "Summertime," that "if ain't broke then don't try to fix it." Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher plans to take that approach with the return game for the time being.
Daisher said on Sunday after a rain-shortened morning practice that DeSean Jackson will remain the primary punt returner and Quintin Demps will handle kickoffs. When the Eagles acquired Jeremy Maclin and Ellis Hobbs on draft weekend, it was assumed that they would take over the return duties. Maclin was a dynamic punt returner at Missouri and Hobbs holds the NFL record for the longest kickoff return.
Jackson and Demps are each seeing bigger roles on offense and defense, respectively, while Maclin and Hobbs are going to be role players in that regard. But Daisher simply said that when Maclin eventually reports, he is still without a contract, he will work in at punt returner. He is taking the same approach with Hobbs on kickoff returns.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:27 a.m., August 2