I think he stays at PR, simply cause he’s one of the best in da game!Antonio Brown managed to still remain the Steelers return guy well into being a premier WR. It’s hard to replace an All Pro returner, but I do understand why you would want to lessen the chance of his getting injured by decreasing his exposure to punt coverage blocks.
That said, I think there will be differences in how he is used on O this year. I don’t think he’ll be used as much on end arounds, or those short hitch passes at or near the line. These are da kinda plays can result in taking big shots, esp from pursuing LBs!
With Winston’s big arm combined with his speed, I look for Deonte to attack more downfield, on intermediate/ deep routes, like the ones he ran vs GB. His first catch was on a deep out. He looked like he was goin deep, but broke it off for an easy catch. His second catch sent the message that the deep ball is back in play for us. But these are also the types of plays that lessenthe chances of Deonte taking big shots from defenders.
Again, it’s not to say Deonte won’t be targeted on short passes. In the preseason game vs the Jags, Winston said his worst pass was to Deonte on a slant. His pass was low, n Harris had to adjust to make the catch. But there was enough space from defenders that had he hit him in stride, it might’ve been a big gainer!
Jus my 2 cents, but we’ll see how things go as the season unfolds!