Originally posted on Billboard  |  Last updated 2/29/12
It was a good year for the Buffalo Bills' special teams in 2011. The Bills ranked 11th overall on special teams, according to the annual Dallas Morning News survey, which is considered the standard for bomb-squad units in the NFL. Given the fact the Bills put 17 players on injured reserve during the season, it's a particularly impressive ranking. Highlighting the Bills' special teams efforts for the season was the kickoff coverage unit, which ranked No. 1 in the league, holding opponents to an average of 20.4 yards per return. The Bills scored once on returns, thanks to Leodis McKelvin's 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win against Denver. Buffalo had no giveaways on punt or kickoff returns. Coach Bruce DeHaven's units also had only 11 penalties on kicking plays, tied for the fourth fewest in the league. The ranking takes into account 22 categories of special teams production. Buffalo has ranked No. 1 in the league four times since the survey began in 1990. DeHaven's unit...
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