Ted Ginn Jr. clear favorite to return punts for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A look at who the Carolina Panthers are working as punt returners during offseason workouts:

  • Ted Ginn Jr.: Ginn was re-signed after a one-year stint in Arizona to fill this role. His 12.2-yard punt return average in 2013 was a Carolina record and ranked fourth in the NFC. Ginn has been among the top five in punt return average in the NFC the past five seasons. That, in addition to his speed at wide receiver, is why the Panthers gave the former Ohio State speedster a two-year, $4.2 million deal. He is the clear-cut favorite to win the job.

  • Mike Brown: He wasn’t Jacksonville’s primary punt returner last season. He only averaged 7.4 yards on five returns. But he’s fast and he’s getting a look.

  • Brenton Bersin: Bersin finished last season as Carolina’s punt returner. He averaged only 6.1 yards a return and had a muffed punt in a playoff game against Arizona that led to a touchdown. He fell into this role primarily because Corey Brown struggled to hold on to the football.

  • Damiere Byrd: He’s fast, posting a 4.28 second 40-yard dash at South Carolina’s pro day. The undrafted rookie didn’t return punts in college, but he did return a few kickoffs. Special teams may be the only way he makes the final roster.

  • De'Andre Presley: Another fast wide receiver trying to find a spot. He returned only four punts at Appalachian State between 2009-11, but averaged 22.7 yards a return.

Not working on punt returns is Brown, who last season averaged 9.6 yards on 16 returns, including a 79-yard touchdown. Take away the touchdown and he averaged 4.9 yards a return. He is focused on the wide receiver spot.