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Big plays lacking on punt returns

Two years ago 18 punts were returned for TDs. This year we're on pace for just seven. Why? That depends on who you ask.

Updated: December 3, 2005, 4:20 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Over the first 12 weeks of this season, return specialists have cried foul over the seemingly exorbitant number of fair catches being forced by the legion of directional and hang-time punters now in such preponderance in the league.

"Just about everyone is concentrating on net [yardage] and maybe sacrificing a little bit of [gross] distance for hang time," noted Indianapolis Colts punt return ace Troy Walters. "You are seeing so many fair catches now, it's unbelievable, really. There are ...

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