It’s become a fearful event every time Isaiah McKenzie lines up to return a punt. Consequently, the rookie has been relegated to the bench for the second time this season.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said that wide receiver Jordan Taylor will take over punt return duties for the rest of the season.
“I’m not giving up on Isaiah,” Joseph said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He was drafted to be our punt returner. I’m not down on him. He’s a young player. . . . Right now we can’t afford to chance the ball being on the ground, so we’re going to sit him back down and let Jordan Taylor do it the rest of the season.”
McKenzie had another miscue in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Broncos fifth-round pick caught a punt on the two-yard line and then fumbled the ball in the end zone for a Dolphins safety. The fumble was part of a series of mistakes for McKenzie as a return man. He has six fumbles with two lost in nine games this season.
The Broncos had benched McKenzie for a couple games this season but then proceeded to give him his job back. He’s not getting his job back now for the remainder of 2017.
While McKenzie lost his job, Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is keeping his. Joseph announced that Siemian will start again in Week 14 for the reeling Broncos.