Patriots return game vs. Broncos return game
The Patriots kick returning has not been able to gain much traction on the season, as the team has attempted just 21 kickoffs on the year for 459 total yards and an average of 21.9 yards per return, each statistic good for 21st and 23d in the league, respectively. The Patriots longest return has been for 30 yards and no kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns. LeGarette Blount leads the team with 15 returns and 349 return yards on the year. Punt returning has been better for the Patriots, returning 27 punts for a total of 312 yards at a rate of 11.6 yards per return, good for 8th in the NFL. Julien Edelman has returned all but one of those punts at an average of 11.5 yards per return, while Danny Amendola returned one last week against the Panthers for 13 yards.
Arguably the most explosive return man in the NFL is Denver’s Trindon Holliday. Standing at just 5’5”, the speedy Holliday is third in the NFL in yards per kick return at 32.3, with his long of 90 yards resulting in a touchdown. Holliday has been slightly less effective on punts, but still has returned 25 punts and gotten an average of 10 yards per return, adding a long of 81 that went for a touchdown as well. As a team, Denver is first in the NFL in yards per kick return with an average of 29.1, while they rank 10th in punt return average at 10.3 yards per return.