Friday, May 17, 2013

Dolphins' returner Thigpen setting lofty goals


Marcus Thigpen returned a kick and a punt for touchdowns last season. He's hoping that's just the start.

Thigpen, a former Canadian Football Leaguer and second-year NFLer, has his sights set high for what he hopes is an illustrious career in the big leagues. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

“My goal is to get at least seven returns for touchdowns on kick returns and punt returns combined,” Thigpen told recently. “I want to do something that’s never been done before and anything’s possible."

Thigpen averaged 27.4 yards a kick return last season, which included his 96-yarder that went all the way against the Buffalo Bills. He gained 12.2 a return on punts, as well, with his score against the Houston Texans coming from 72 yards out.

The special-teamer has clearly embraced his role as a return guy, but he doesn't plan to stop there.

"... I’ve put on maybe six or seven pounds," Thigpen said. "I’m up to 200 right now and my goal is to be the starting running back for this team.”

With Reggie Bush's departure and Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas duking it out this summer for a primary tailback role, Thigpen is certainly in line for some touches on the offensive side of the ball. Probably not starting touches, but touches, nonetheless.

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