Patriots CB Marcus Jones emerging as early favorite for punt returner

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New England Patriots rookie cornerback Marcus Jones could be in line to start at the punt returner position.

Jones does have experience in this area, and quality experience at that. He had success for Houston as a kick and punt returner throughout his time with the Cougars.

The 2021 season was no exception. He recorded two put return touchdowns, which led all of the NCAA. He tied for third in the country with two kick return touchdowns as well. He was a First-Team American Athletic Conference All-American as a returner.

His versatility was billed as one of his strengths heading into the draft. In addition to being a speedy slot corner, he also may take a bigger role as a punt returner for the team.

Jones had a big role in the kick return game during portions of practice on Tuesday, and may be in a position to be the full-time starter, as noted by NESN’s Dakota Randall.

New England has several question marks surrounding their roster as training camp continues. Several positions lack clarity, but the return position may come into focus over the next couple of weeks, with last year’s returner Gunner Olszewski heading to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

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Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire