Ranking AFC South Units: Special Teams
Adam Vinatieri is the most famous kicker arguably in NFL history and still going strong in his 40’s. He missed just two kicks last season, and can still regularly hit from beyond 50 yards. He had one of the strangest anomalies last season as one of his two missed kicks was inside of 20 yards, with the other one being from over 50.
Pat McAfee was one of the best punters in the league last season as he was top five in net yards at 41.7 per punt and he placed 28 punts inside the 20. He did have six touchbacks, his lone downside, but overall he was very good last season.
The Colts put nearly all their kickoffs into the end zone last season, but on the rare occassion they didn’t they were third in the league in kickoff return against average. However, they had one of the worst punt coverage units on average. But their game in Jacksonville was was largely responsible for inflating those numbers–overall they weren’t any worse that any of the other teams in the division in that area.
Quan Bray handled all the return duties last season, and averaged over 27 yards per kick return but under eight on punts. This year former first round pick Phillip Dorsett might play a bigger role in the return game, and he could make a difference with his incredible speed.
They have an all-time great kicker and solid coverage units. They will be settled in at the top of this list as long as Vinatieri is still putting them through the uprights consistently.