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Friday, July 6, 2007

Packers miss out on Japanese KR specialist

The Green Bay Packers were 1 of 4 teams to make an offer to Japanese WR and KR apecialist, Noriaki Kinoshita. Along with the Packers, the New York Jets, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons were the 4 teams making offers. Kinoshita just finished up his second straight season earning All-NFL Europa honors as return specialist.

According to Kaz Nagatsuka, of the Japan Times, "Kinoshita's biggest trait is in returning the ball. This season, he gained 175 yards in punt returns and 604 yards in kickoff returns (both second in the league). His punt return average of 15.9 yards ranked No. 1 in the league."

Kinoshita will play along side Joe Horn and Michael Vick in Atlanta this season. The Packers do not play Atlanta this season, but you can catch them on Monday Night Football on October 15th vs. the New York Giants.

Glad to see that the Packers were at least attempting to sign a Free Agent. Green Bay has struggled with their return man since Desmond Howard left the team years ago. Kick and punt returning has never been a strong position for the Pack, but looking to upgrade that position is a step in the right direction. Hopefully a young player will step up and give us that Desmond Howard, Devon Hester, or Donte Hall-like ability.
Courtesy of Green Bay Railbird Central:
Photo credit: Kaz Nagatsuka for the Japan Times

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