Golden Analysis: Examining The Impact Of An Elite Return Specialist

Photo taken by Al Bello/Getty Images
Photo taken by Al Bello/Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens WR/RS Jacoby Jones celebrates a Super Bowl, 108-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The modern-day NFL is crafted by speed. Many players have electrifying speed that general managers are craving, but only a handful are return specialists.

Return specialists need that speed, but also need FBI (football intelligence), agility to cut, and strength to break a tackle. These players are game-changers, and each team needs one.

Baltimore Ravens WR/RS Jacoby Jones had a riveting, 108-yard kickoff return touchdown (celebration above) in the Super Bowl.  Jones was undoubtedly an MVP candidate that game for his return and offensive production.

Photo taken by Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Photo taken by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

A few weeks earlier, when the Ravens played the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round, WR/RS Trindon Holliday, who rarely is seen with the offensive unit, racked up one kickoff and one punt touchdown. He kept the Broncos into the game until Jones burned the Broncos’ defensive back core.

These return specialists are now a must for each NFL roster. Without one, a team won’t have the necessary electricity to dominate special teams.

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