Bills kickoff specialist John Potter said he was shooting for a 70% touchback percentage when he started the season. It was a lofty goal knowing only one NFL club (Denver) reached that figure. Here’s how he’s fared through the first quarter of the season.
Potter has a touchback percentage of 63.2% good for seventh best in the league. Head coach Chan Gailey believes Potter’s percentage would be even higher were it not for a new trend on kick returns this year.
“The thing that I think has happened is I think there are a lot of people that are bringing the ball out than they were last year,” Gailey told Buffalobills.com. ”So we’re finding that maybe there aren’t as many touchbacks league wide and if you look at the percentages. I would like to have more touchbacks, but the good thing about it is when he doesn’t kick it deep enough, he’s kicking it very high and giving our coverage team a chance to get there.”
Cleveland was one of Buffalo’s opponents that brought out every one of their kickoffs even though a couple were received eight or nine yards deep in the end zone. As a result Potter has 12 touchbacks on 21 kickoffs.
Denver with their thin air again leads the league in kickoff percentage with a mark of 90.9%. No other NFL club is currently at or above 70%. Chicago and Washington are closest at 69.6%.
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