Few topics have been more debated in the comments section of this blog than the status of Domenik Hixon as the Broncos’ kickoff and punt returner, as the Broncos’ special teams in general have failed to generate much momentum so far this season.
With the struggles on kick coverage and runbacks, perhaps change was invevitable, and on Tuesday, the victim of the change was Hixon, who was waived. The Broncos re-signed Brian Clark to take his spot on the 53-man roster; Clark had been waived on Saturday when the Broncos brought Steve Cargile and Glenn Martinez up from the practice squad; both of them played in Sunday afternoon’s loss to Indianapolis.
Hixon averaged 22.0 yards on his five kickoff returns Sunday, but dropped one kickoff. He also called for fair catches on both Hunter Smith punts and has taken fair catches on five of 12 punts in his direction.
Through four games, Hixon ranked ninth in the AFC and 24th in the league with an average of 4.6 yards on seven punt returns. His kickoff-return average of 22.8 yards on 12 returns placed him 14th ithe AFC and 22nd in the league.
Clark led the Broncos in kickoff-return yardage last year with a final season tally of 512 yards on 23 returns — a 22.3-yard average. Several others on the roster have regular-season experience on kickoff and/or punt returns, a diverse group that includes fullback/running backs Mike Bell and Cecil Sapp, cornerbacks Dre’ Bly and Champ Bailey and wide receiver Glenn Martinez.
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