By Tom Simons, Staff Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

Player

Tm

Pos

Vs.

2016 TDs

PR Yds

PR TDs

KR Yds

KR TDs

Comments

1

Marc Mariani

Ten

WR

at Hou

0

27

0

119

0

Eleven of the Texans twelve kickoffs have been returned this year and they have allowed 100 or more kick return yards twice.

2

Lucky Whitehead

Dal

WR

at SF

0

52

0

55

0

The 49ers allow just 20.8 yards per kick return but 67% of their kickoffs are actually returner.

3

Andre Roberts

Det

WR

at Chi

0

18

0

54

0

Roberts handled the dual return role in Week 3 but RB Dwayne Washington did return a kick for 21 yards.

4

Tyler Ervin [R]

Hou

RB

Ten

0

29

0

41

0

Ervin is ranked sixth in the NFL with 186 combined return yards but he has to hold onto the ball or lose the kick return job.

5

Brandon Tate

Buf

WR

at NE

0

2

0

64

0

RB Reggie Bush is on the verge of being released thus Tate is the lone dual return on the Bills.

6

Dwayne Harris

NYG

WR

at Min

0

6

0

57

0

Minnesota allows 22.9 yards per kick return and so far, half of their sixteen kickoffs have been returned in their three games.

7

Devin Hester

Bal

WR

Oak

0

38

0

24

0

Hester (thigh) was limited in practice this week and is questionable for Week 4.

8

Eric Weems

Atl

WR

Car

0

31

0

26

0

He is ranked second in the NFL with 234 combined return yards but WR Justin Hardy lined up deep on kickoffs in Week 3.

9

Jeremy Ross

NYJ

WR

Sea

0

22

0

34

0

WR Jalin Marshall (torn labrum) is out a couple of weeks so the Jets signed Ross on Thursday to handle dual returns.

10

Chris Thompson

Was

RB

Cle

0

0

0

50

0

Only five of the Browns 15 kickoffs this year have been returned but Cleveland allows 29.8 yards a return.

11

Paul Richardson

Sea

WR

at NYJ

0

0

0

49

0

Richardson is the primary kick returner for now but is averaging just 19.5 yards on his two attempts.

12

Sammie Coates

Pit

WR

KC

0

0

0

48

0

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint continues to share the kick return duties but Coates returned the bulk of opportunities in Week 3.

13

Cyrus Jones [R]

NE

CB

Buf

0

0

0

47

0

The Bills allow 60% of their kickoffs to be returned but for only a 19.7-yard kick return average.

14

Tyreek Hill [R]

KC

WR

at Pit

0

12

0

26

0

Hill handled the primary dual return role in Week 3 and is ranked third in the NFL with 231 combined return yards.

15

Jalen Richard [R]

Oak

RB

at Bal

0

23

0

15

0

The rookie is sharing punt return duties but may handle kickoffs if RB Taiwan Jones (knee) is unable to.

16

Travaris Cadet

NO

RB

at SD

0

0

0

35

0

If RB Marcus Murphy is inactive (as he has been lately) then Cadet is the next man up as the primary kick returner.

17

Tavon Austin

LA

WR

at Ari

0

35

0

0

0

If you take away his opening day 28 yard and 15-yard return in Week 2 Austin is averaging just 3.7 yards per punt return.

18

Adam Humphries [R]

TB

WR

Den

0

6

0

27

0

Humphries is not a lock to handle the dual return role as he is more involved on offense these days.

19

Jordan Norwood

Den

WR

at TB

0

14

0

18

0

Norwood shared punt return duties withShiloh Keo (fair catch) but he did have an 11-yard return in Week 3.

20

Keshawn Martin

SF

WR

Dal

0

0

0

31

0

The recently signed Martin is expected to handle at least kick returns and quite possibly punt returns as well in Week 4.

21

Jamison Crowder [R]

Was

WR

Cle

0

31

0

0

0

Crowder is ranked fourth in the NFL with 105 punt return yards on five attempts and is averaging 21 yards a return.

22

Cody Latimer

Den

WR

at TB

0

0

0

30

0

Latimer is averaging 27.7 yards on three kick returns in his first three games this season.

23

Marcus Sherels

Min

CB

NYG

1

30

0

0

0

Sherels busted loose for a 54-yard punt return touchdown and he had a kick return too in Week 3.

24

Jeremy Kerley

SF

WR

Dal

0

28

0

0

0

Recently signed WR Keshawn Martin could take over the punt return duties from Kerley so this is a very risky play.

25

Corey Grant

Jac

RB

Ind

0

0

0

27

0

Grant is ranked third in the NFL with 176 yards on eight kick return attempts.

26

Benny Cunningham

LA

RB

at Ari

0

0

0

26

0

Cunningham leads all kick returners with three or more attempts with a 34.3-yard kick return average.

27

Dexter McCluster

SD

RB

NO

0

0

0

26

0

McCluster signed during the week and shared kick returns with CB Craig Mager in his first game with San Diego.

28

Cordarrelle Patterson

Min

WR

NYG

0

0

0

25

0

He is ranked fifth in the NFL with 163 kick return yards but a 32.6-yard average makes you wonder why anyone kicks to him.

29

Fitzgerald Toussaint

Pit

RB

KC

0

0

0

25

0

He shared kick return duties in Week 3 but WR Sammie Coates handled the bulk of returns against Philadelphia.

30

Tyler Lockett

Sea

WR

at NYJ

0

25

0

0

0

Lockett has been handling just punt returns especially after getting dinged in Week 3.

31

Deonte Thompson

Chi

WR

Det

0

0

0

24

0

He is ranked fourth in the NFL with 167 kick return yards but is only averaging 20.9 yards a return.

32

Tracy Howard [R]

Cle

CB

at Was

0

0

0

24

0

Howard shared kick return duties with RBGeorge Atkinson in Week 3 and should do so again in Week 4.

33

Ted Ginn

Car

WR

at Atl

0

3

0

21

0

Ginn is ranked fourth overall in the NFL with 223 combined return yards through three games.

34

Charles James

Hou

CB

Ten

0

0

0

23

0

James handled a kickoff in Week 3 and promptly put the ball on the ground.

35

George Atkinson III

Cle

RB

at Was

0

0

0

22

0

Atkinson continued to share kick return duties in Week 3 this time with rookie CBTracy Howard.

36

Taiwan Jones

Oak

RB

at Bal

0

0

0

22

0

Jones (knee) was limited in practice this week so rookie RB Jalen Richard could handle kick returns in Week 4.

37

Andre Ellington

Ari

RB

LA

0

0

0

20

0

WR John Brown had an official kick return of 51-yards but it was in punt formation following a safety in Week 3.

38

Quan Bray

Ind

WR

at Jac

0

5

0

14

0

The Jaguars allowed a kick return of 14 yards on opening day and have not allowed a kick return since then.

39

Justin Hardy

Atl

WR

Car

0

0

0

18

0

Hardy was deep on some of the Saints non-returnable kickoffs on Monday night so this warrants a watchful eye.

40

Dwayne Washington[R]

Det

RB

at Chi

0

0

0

18

0

Even with his involvement on offense Washington had a kick return of 21 yards in Week 3.

41

John Brown

Ari

WR

LA

0

17

0

0

0

Brown handled a kick return that was actually a punt following a safety but he returned it 51 yards in Week 3.

42

Craig Mager

SD

CB

NO

0

0

0

15

0

Mager might start at CB in Week 4 so he may turn the kick return duties over to RBDexter McCluster.

43

De'Vante Harris

NO

CB

at SD

0

14

0

0

0

Harris attempted a punt return in Week 3 but gained zero yards on his try.

44

Antonio Brown

Pit

WR

KC

0

11

0

0

0

WR Eli Rogers (toe) was in walking boot after Week 3 game and is questionable so Brown should return punts in Week 4.

45

Eddie Royal

Chi

WR

Det

1

10

0

0

0

Royal is ranked second in the NFL with 122 punt return yards on seven attempts and is averaging 17.4 yards a return.

46

Rashad Greene

Jac

WR

Ind

0

9

0

0

0

Greene is ranked seventh in the NFL with 74 punt return yards and is averaging 9.3 yards on eight attempts.

47

Travis Benjamin

SD

WR

NO

0

9

0

0

0

The Saints have allowed just nine punt return yards in their last two games combined.

48

Travis Carrie

Oak

CB

at Bal

0

8

0

0

0

Carrie shares punt return duties with rookie RB Jalen Richard and Carrie has two fair catches and a 10-yard return in 2016.

49

Jordan Poyer

Cle

FS

at Was

0

8

0

0

0

With CB Tramon Williams (shoulder) injured Poyer was the primary punt returner in Week 3.

50

Danny Amendola

NE

WR

Buf

0

5

0

0

0

Buffalo has allowed 13 punt return yards total in their three games combined.