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Old 05-29-2004   #13
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Can you show the stats on how many punt & kick returns were for 20+ yards & list them by player?

My thinking is that while a player's overall return yard average might be low, it doesn't reflect whether or not he was able to break the big 20+ yard punt returns.

For example, let's assume that a player has 10 opportunities to return the ball. If he returns 3 momentum turning punts for 30, 40, & 50 yards each, 3 for 5 yards each, 2 (losses) for -5 yards a piece, & fair catches 2, his return average would be 12.5 yards per return. Whereas, if he returns 10 punts for 15 yards each, his average is 15.0 yards per return.

While player #2 gets me a consistent 15 yards on every return & has a higher return average, player #1 has the play making ability to turn the game's momentum around.

So, the question becomes, which player do you place a higher value on?

While JJ doesn't have break away speed, he does have the ability to weave through traffic for some pretty big returns. He was a huge difference maker in the 1st half of last season. At least, until he took that cheap shot & got his bell rung.

If Duff can bring what JJ brings & has break away speed as well, then we'll have us a sweet returner. One other thought, why not have 2 big play returners back there at the same time?
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