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Kickoff returns in preseason have been safer, noticeably shorter

Originally Published: August 28, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It could be an anomaly or merely a function of myriad variables that are an inherent part of NFL preseason play.

But through the first two full weeks of exhibition games, the average kickoff return for the league is 3 yards less than a year ago at the same point of the exhibition schedule, and 3½ yards less than it was for the entire 2008 preseason.

Just as notable is that the average kickoff return so far is more than a yard shorter than it was during the 2008 regular season.

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