Barner has eight punt returns for 68 yards (8.5 yards per return) and a long of 18 yards this season. He has four kickoff returns for 89 yards (22.3 yards per return) and a long return of 29.
Hardy was the Falcons’ primary punt returner last season. He had 20 returns for 147 yards with a long return of 18 yards.
Sheffield, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, said his fastest 40-yard dash time is 4.26 seconds. He signed with Alabama coming out of high school and went to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, before landing at Ohio State. In 2016, he played cornerback and returned kicks at Blinn. He scored touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns.
Also, punter Matt Bosher appears recovered from his groin injury.
“He looked well,” Kotwica said. “It was one of his better periods. Getting the ball off and getting hang time on it. Hopefully, Bosh will be able to go.”
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