August 5, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taking over as a punt returner in the NFL isn't easy. Trying to replace someone described as a human arcade game for his speed and ability to make opponents miss?
The Tennessee Titans need someone to replace Adam "Pacman" Jones while he sits out his suspension from the NFL this season.
It's a tall task because Jones led the NFL in punt return average last season and returned three for touchdowns. He also returned kickoffs.
Cortland Finnegan, going into his second NFL season, looks like the first one up for the task on punt returns.
Drafted out of Samford in 2006, Finnegan also is very fast. He was timed before the draft running a 4-point-3-second, 40-yard dash. He holds the NCAA Division I-Double-A career record with a 28-point-3 kickoff return average and set a Samford record with 263 yards off kickoff returns in a single game in 2002.
Receivers Brandon Jones and rookie Chris Davis, who returned punts in college at Florida State, also are candidates for the job.