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There are three candidates for returning kicks and punts: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster and rookie Devon Wylie.
In recent seasons, Arenas has solidified his reputation as a trustworthy returner. His dime-stopping agility counters rapid coverages, and Arenas' sure-grip hands makes him ideal for punting scenarios.
McCluster lacks the ankle-breaking agility of his teammate, but compensates with blurring top-line speed.
However, Wylie could potentially own both jobs before Week 1's first whistle blows.
His returns at Fresno State looked as if Dante Hall ("The Human Joystick") grabbed a controller, maxed out Wylie's Madden attributes and played against an opponent that connected via dial-up, a slow, vein-embossing, 28.8K modem, staring-at-the-AOL-man-like-he-stole-your-puppy dial-up.
Overstatement? Perhaps, but his collegiate highlight-reel offers evidence that's difficult to refute.
The kicking game—albeit just as dull as its 31 competitors—suffices. Ryan Succop nailed 24 of his attempted 30 field-goal attempts last season. In a league of closely contested final scores, an 80-percent success rate is reassuringly efficient.
Dustin Colquitt averaged 45.9 yards per punt in 2011 (including a season-high 68-yard boomer). The act of punting rivals the excitement of Ben Stein lecturing about the history of cardboard. However, if Romeo Crennel is forced to resort to the backup plan, he can rest assured that it's reliable.
If the third facet mimics the expected success of its offensive and defensive counterparts, Arrowhead should play host to a special team, indeed.