The kick returner is not returning kicks?
You saw the first round draft pick get some time at receiver. The guy is a receiver.
But you did not see him returning kicks. I have no idea why.
The guy who was billed as the next Devin Hester was on the sideline during kickoffs against the Chiefs. The guy who is really fast was walking around when he could have been flying upfield. The guy who returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Florida in the national title game was as much a spectator during kickoffs as you and me.
And Ginn has no idea why.
Perhaps as an experiment of the preseason, perhaps as a foreshadowing of things to come, the Dolphins had Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman returning kicks while Ginn watched from the sideline.
"I'll do whatever the team needs me to do," Ginn told me after the game. "If that's returning punts or kicks, I'll do that. If it's playing receiver, I'll do that. If not, then I'll do that. Whatever the coaches want."
But why wouldn't the coaches want? We'll find out Saturday when coach Cam Cameron is next available to the press. In the meantime, one hopes this is simply a test-drive of Brown and Chatman and the team will eventually buy into the speedy, scary Ginn threatening in the dual role of punt and KICK returner.
Other thoughts from the game:
*The first team OL was better, but still not good enough. Adding vet Chris Liwienski gives the line some stability.
*Look for L.J. Shelton to either be a starter or possibly hit the road. He made coaches very unhappy by not being in shape early in camp. He improved greatly in the past week. If he continues to improve, he could be starting before long. If he doesn't, he could be outta here.
*The three QBs that will be on the team (sorry Gibran), had better outings Thursday than they did against Jacksonville. As Trent Green said, we took some steps.
*The defense continues to amaze, particularly when one considers Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Keith Traylor and Joey Porter haven't taken a snap in two games. That means youngsters are getting a chance to shine and gain experience. And they're doing exactly that.