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Potter in need of more touchbacks

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Bills kickoff specialist John Potter had one touchback last week against Arizona, but his percentage has to improve moving forward.

Potter currently has 13 touchbacks on 26 kickoffs, and head coach Chan Gailey thought the percentage would be higher.

“You know, I was hoping that he would have more touchbacks and have more non-returned kicks this year, yes,” said Gailey following Friday’s practice. “I was hoping for that. The good thing about it is when he kicks it we have great hang time. That’s been a positive. So, you decide the trade-off every week.”

Potter got off to a good start at the beginning of the season. He had three touchbacks on his first four kickoffs in Week 1. He went 4-6 in Week 2 and 3-5 in Week 3 knowing Josh Cribbs brings the ball out no matter how deep in the end zone he might be. Potter went 3-4 against New England, but against San Francisco and Arizona he went a combined 1-5 dropping him to the 50% success rate.

Potter was seen taking extra kickoffs during practice this week. Special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven did talk about staying above 50% on touchback to kickoffs this season.

“I want him to have those touchbacks,” said Gailey. “That’s why we hired him is to be able to kick the ball deep. We need more consistency from him.”

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