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:
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
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
- 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.