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Steelers Could Get Extra Returns On Investment In New RB LeGarrette Blount

Not only will the addition of new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount help with depth in the backfield, the former undrafted free agent also figures to get a shot at being the kickoff returner in 2014 as well.

Last season with the New England Patriots, Blount returned 17 kickoffs for 494 yards with a long of 83. His 29.1 yard average ranked him fifth in the league last season when compared to players that returned more than 10 kickoffs.

Last season, the Steelers had eight different players that returned 43 kickoffs and combined that resulted in a 22.4 average per return. Running back Felix Jones, who is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent, returned 23 of those kicks for 510 yards with a long of 42. His 22.2 average per return ranks him 27th on the list below.

PLAYER TEAM ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR MIN 43 1393 32.4 109 2
Dwayne Harris, WR DAL 28 857 30.6 90 0
Quintin Demps, S KC 33 992 30.1 95 1
Leon Washington, RB TEN/NE 17 500 29.4 95 0
LeGarrette Blount, RB NE 17 494 29.1 83 0
Jacoby Jones, WR BAL 31 892 28.8 77 1
Trindon Holliday, WR DEN 28 775 27.7 105 1
Devin Hester, WR CHI 52 1436 27.6 80 0
Jordan Todman, RB JAX 26 712 27.4 59 0
LaMichael James, RB SF 12 321 26.8 41 0
Keshawn Martin, WR HOU 36 947 26.3 50 0
Brandon Tate, WR CIN 35 914 26.1 71 0
Damaris Johnson, WR PHI 17 441 25.9 33 0
Eric Page, WR TB 22 548 24.9 44 0
David Reed, WR IND 24 590 24.6 39 0
Jeremy Ross, WR DET/GB 21 514 24.5 98 1
Josh Cribbs, WR NYJ 20 490 24.5 42 0
Micah Hyde, CB GB 22 531 24.1 70 0
Taiwan Jones, CB OAK 26 623 24 41 0
Darius Reynaud, RB TEN/NYJ 18 430 23.9 40 0
Ted Ginn, WR CAR 25 595 23.8 38 0
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB ATL 25 575 23 34 0
Benny Cunningham, RB STL 13 299 23 32 0
Jacoby Ford, WR OAK 11 253 23 30 0
Jerrel Jernigan, WR NYG 11 246 22.4 46 0
Marcus Thigpen, RB MIA 39 870 22.3 50 0
Felix Jones, RB PIT 23 510 22.2 42 0
Tavon Austin, WR STL 18 398 22.1 32 0
Fozzy Whittaker, RB CLE/SD 29 638 22 56 0
Marquise Goodwin, WR BUF 16 351 21.9 28 0
Michael Cox, RB NYG 20 436 21.8 56 0
Jermaine Kearse, WR SEA 13 283 21.8 40 0
Danny Woodhead, RB SD 12 262 21.8 37 0
Micheal Spurlock, WR DAL/DET 18 389 21.6 36 0
Javier Arenas, CB ARI 23 493 21.4 46 0
Darren Sproles, RB NO 12 255 21.3 32 0
Niles Paul, TE WSH 20 411 20.6 39 0
Josh Morgan, WR WSH 12 239 19.9 25 0
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