In Dante Hall's first two years as the KC punt returner he averaged 6.2 and 7.3 YPR. That was a total of 38 punt returns for those two years. He had zero TDs and 2 (total) 20+ yard returns with one fumble.
That's the key. After last season and this preseason, I'd be happy to just get a fair catch every time. Catch being the key word.
I understand, but with the entire city hyperventilating every time anyone goes back to catch a punt we are putting way to much pressure on the returners and causing them to think too much.
Consider Santonio Holmes' first season returning punts. In the first half of the season he and Coke were terrible. I am too lazy to redo the research right now, but in the first 8 games Holmes averaged about 7 YPR, fumbled repeatedly, and had no positive impact on returns. In the second half of the year, Holmes was one of the best punt returners in the NFL (he was top-4, I can't remember where exactly) and averaged something like 12+ YPR with one TD. The difference - people became numb to mistakes and had no expectations. Right now we haven't had any football for months and people (including the players) are busily flashing back to the beginning of last year.
Let them iron out the kicks. There is no need to stress about issues during the preseason.