The identity of the Eagles' kickoff returner remains somewhat in question, but rookie Quintin Demps will see the majority of the action and has edged ahead of second-year man Lorenzo Booker after Booker's struggles against Carolina last week.
“Right now, it’s going to be Quintin Demps," special teams coordinator Rory Segrest said today. "We’re still going to rep Booker back there, but we’re going to try and get Quintin a majority of the reps.”
Asked if coming into training camp the Eagles thought Booker was going to be their man, Segrest said, "We’re happy with either guy. Quintin did it in college there, and he had a lot of success there in college, so we feel like he can get us something back there. But again, we’re going to continue to rep both of those guys, and as the season goes along we’ll probably end up using both of them before it’s over with.”
Booker dropped two first-half kickoff returns last Thursday against Carolina. Yes, it was raining, but you still have to hang on to the ball. Booker never has returned kickoffs before. He also had trouble finding the handle on a ground-ball kickoff to open the second half. Segrest said the issue for Booker would be just getting more experience back there.