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Overall - B+
I wish I could give this unit an A for the way they finished, but the start was too awful for that to happen. Brad Smith was awful returning the ball. I know the Bills say they are keeping him around as a third quarterback, but if isn't effective in the run game or the return game I'm not sure he's worth keeping around. Maybe he's one of those surprise cuts tomorrow? Easley and Roosevelt were both effective returning the ball, but there is a good chance neither makes the roster. Roosevelt is more likely to do so however. Rookie kicker John Potter and punter Shawn Powell did well, but Powell is stuck behind a Pro-Bowl caliber punter.
Q4 – A
Life is good when you can return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, which fringe roster player Marcus Easley was able to accomplish. Easley also added a catch on the two point conversion following the return. He could be headed for the practice squad. TJ Graham also added a solid return. I hope his track speed makes him a dangerous returner in the NFL in the near future. Naaman Roosevelt has found a bit of a niche as a solid punt returner. Not sure he’s going to make the squad, but he’s done about all he can.
Q3 – B
John Potter kept both his kicks short in the third quarter. He has to consistently get the ball out the back of the endzone for him to be worth a roster spot. Shawn Powell has a future in the NFL as a punter, just not with the Bills at this time. Not sure the Bills will want to keep a punter on the practice squad, but he might be worth the look.
Q2 – A
A bit of a turn around in the second quarter for the Bills special teams after a miserable first period. Justin Rogers looks like he should be one of the two return guys. He didn’t get much breathing room on his one return, but I can see why he was tops in the league in return average over the final four weeks in 2011. The aforementioned hero McKelvin continues to make difference-making plays, blocking the Lions field goal attempt. John Potter also continues to show why the coaching staff is even considering spending an extra roster spot on a kick-off specialist.
Q1 – F
Nothing went well for this unit in the first. Brad Smith had two pathetic returns, one of which he gave back to the Lions following their first touchdown. That started the onslaught of scoring in the final six minutes for the Lions. Marcus Easley also dropped a ball on a return.