Remember Keiwan Ratliff? Of course you do. Forgive me for asking. It's not like he was that memorable on the field. The former Bengals dime-back found a new home in Tampa Bay. But I find it ironic that one of the biggest draws for Ratliff was his punt returns. Let's face facts, he could compete in any reality-based dancing competition. His rookie year, he averaged 12.2 yards on 17 punts -- only five fair catches. Upswing baby. For his career, Ratliff averaged 7.5 yards-per-return on 72 punts -- including a 6.5 average in 2006. Nothing special, right? The Bengals went out and drafted Leon Hall pushing Ratliff to #4 on the charts. Once it was determined that Skyler Green (yes, he has a website) would return punts -- for a two-yard average less than Ratliff -- then the former Florida cornerback was axed. Another, swing and a miss.
And with all that known, it's Antonio Chatman returning punts now. We're good at seeing talent and putting the right people in place, aren't we?