With Eric Weems leaving the Falcons to head to Chicago there's a vacuum at both return positions. For the last few years Weems had been a reliable way to cover two special teams positions with one roster spot. Now, there's a mix of unproven and young players to populate the position.
Thus far UDFA Cody Pearcy has been the primary kick returner in OTAs. The speedy receiver out of Huntingdon ran a speedy 4.36 in the 40 leading up to the draft, but like many players found in his position went undrafted with a combination of small school, and lack of convincing production. That being said- thus far he's looked fantastic in OTAs, and hopefully that will continue for Atlanta.
At punt returner the current inside track is held by DB Dominique Franks. He had a rather inauspicious introduction to the position in 2011 when he attempted and fumbled his only punt return of the season. Even if you chalk that up to early jitters, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence. This is still early days, and it's likely James Rodgers, along with Pearcy will also get a shot at the PR spot. My bet is on Harry Douglas to steal the job in camp; while it depends on how much he's used on offense, there is a good chance he could be used as a PR also.
Projected Depth Chart
KR: Cody Pearcy
PR: Harry Douglas
This is a unit that is very young and inexperienced, and could quickly become an Achilles heel is not kept in check.