Our kick return game has been on my mind this training camp, someone had a post last season about "missing yards in special teams" or something along those lines, and (Ck?) broke out the stats and discovered our poor ST meant our offense had to make up an extra 100yds in field position, on average, each game. The reason is clear, Ted Ginn simply underperformed massively last season: His 2007 line: 34 catches/420 yds/63 kick returns for 1,433 yds/24 punt returns for 233 yds Ted Ginn total yards for 2007=2,080 His 2008 line: receptions 56/790 yds kick offs 32/657 yds punts 7/54 yds Total yds 1,501 Davone Bess did make up some of the yardage with 21 returns for 231 yds 1,731 yds for Bess and Ginn in 2008. Ginn's ypr avg was down about 3 yds per return, or 100 yds his punt return average was down 4 yds per attempt, and we had no one to make up that gap. Our ST unit was not good in 2007, neither was it very good in 2008, but the difference in performance is surprising, in 07 Ginn was a pro bowl alternate as a kick returner, in 08 he performed poorly. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8263/career;_ylt=Ah0pO8D26IBp9cN5mCHe233.uLYF What mitigates Ginn's lack of performance is he had half the kick off return attempts, however even with less return chances, he performed worse on average. This is one of the places I'm not on the same page as HC Sparano, to me there is yardage to be had if a player was designated to be mostly a kick returner (I have high hopes for Chris Williams) but Sparano's philosophy is he does not have players on the squad for ST excellence only. If I Wr steps up and is just explosive returning kicks this preseason perhaps Sparano will change his mind.