One rookie who apparently has caught the eye of special teams coordinator Dave Toub is receiver Albert Wilson.
Wilson, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, returned 31 kicks for a 23.5 average and 15 punts for a 8.3 average last season at Georgia State.
Toub was asked Sunday about how receivers Frankie Hammond and Kyle Williams will factor into the mix as the primary kick returner alongside Knile Davis and De’Anthony Thomas, and Toub brought up Wilson’s name, unprompted.
“There’s another guy, No. 8, Wilson,” Toub said. “He’s really shown us a lot of good things. It’s a good thing to have a lot of guys to create competition. You get banged up, especially in the preseason, so you’re going to have to have guys to go too. You never know when a star is going to come out. We think we have enough guys in our crew here that one of them will come out.”
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When asked later for a couple of players who caught his eye in practice Sunday, Toub again mentioned Wilson.
“Today in pads, I liked Wilson,” Toub said. “Wilson looked really good as a punt returner: caught it, great burst, he runs hard, catching the ball effortlessly as far as a punt goes. That’s hard to do when you have a punt team covering down on you. That’s the first time we’ve done that today.”