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Eagles could see spike in kickoff returns

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By Eric Edholm

The Eagles ranked a disappointing 30th in the league in kickoff return despite some serious talent and depth among returners. With Ellis Hobbs, Macho Harris, Jeremy Maclin and Quintin Demps, the Eagles should have averaged more than 20.5 yards per return. But it's not just about the returners; there has to be solid blocking and schemes, too. That's where new special-teams coordinator Bobby April, regarded as one of the best in the business, should help out immensely. In his six years in Buffalo, the Bills' kick-return units ranked in the top 10 five times, as well as second in the NFL in 2004 and first in ’05. This past season, they ranked 10th. Finding better blockers and drawing up better return schemes, especially as other coordinators have struggled to adapt to the new rules on two-man wedges, should be an area where April makes a big difference.


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