SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Anthony Dixon started to practice kick returning in the fifth week of the season.
He may practice it even more now.
With no kick returning experience in his life, Dixon returned a kick 47 yards against Jacksonville on Oct. 27. Dixon took over for Kyle Williams, who struggled as a kick and punt returner in the game.
It is not out of the question to think Dixon could be the primary kick returner and LaMichael James could return punts Sunday against Carolina as the 49ers return from their bye. Not surprisingly, Dixon politely said all future plans are a “secret.”
But there‘s no doubt, Dixon enjoyed returning the kick and would relish another opportunity as the kick returner. He said coaches suggested he attempt to return kicks, even though he had no experience. He does play the “safety” spot on kick returns and he has done well handling squib kicks.
But the reserve running back figured since he’s fast, runs tough and he was catching kickoffs well in practice, he could have success. His game plan for returning kicks?
“Hit it and go.”