In each of the past five seasons, total kick return attempts and yards for all 32 teams have decreased every year. Attempts have decreased by 26% while yardage has dropped off by over 31% since 2012. Teams are not as concerned with paying top dollar for kick or punt returners any more. Therefore, you see more and more players handling returns. Thus, it is harder to rely on a player to be productive as a returner as well as be involved on offense or defense. Even then, the art of dual returners is fading away with each passing season. Here’s a quick breakdown of kick and punt return stats over the past five seasons:

 

KICK RETURNS:

ATTs:   2016-1035     2015-1080     2014-1226     2013-1289    2012-1395

YARDs: 2016-22688   2015-25445   2014-29124   2013-30118  2012-32892

TDs:     2016-7          2015-7          2014-6          2013-7         2012-13

 

PUNT RETURNS:

ATTs:   2016-1012     2015-1139     2014-1036     2013-1094    2012-1133

YARDs: 2016-8681     2015-9654     2014-9208     2013-10301  2012-11041

TDs:     2016-10         2015-13         2014-13         2013-13        2012-18

 

  1. Tyreek Hill (WR, KC) – Hill is explosive with breakaway speed and elusive moves on the fly. He led the NFL in punt return yards last year with 592 while adding another 384 yards on fourteen kick returns. Hill found pay dirt three times (one kickoff and two punts) and is a serious threat to break off a big return any time he touches the ball.

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