By Chris Brown - Dec. 20, 2011
With the league’s new kickoff rule hampering average drive starts for NFL offenses a lot of clubs are looking for answers. Sitting near the bottom of the league in kick return average and average drive start the Bills turned to a seventh-round rookie with return experience two weeks ago. The results provided by Justin Rogers, though they’ve come in the face of losses, have been more than encouraging.
Just two weeks ago, before Rogers was inserted into the lineup as the team’s primary kick returner, the Bills ranked 31st in the league in kick return average (20). In fairness opportunities to return were far from plentiful as Buffalo faced some big legged kickers and adhered to their self-imposed rule of taking a touchback if the ball was fielded four yards deep in the end zone or deeper.
In just two games however, Rogers has raised Buffalo’s league ranking in kick return average six places to 25th, boosting the team’s season average by more than two yards (22.2).
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