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By Eli Kaberon

One of the lone bright spots for the Chiefs this season has been the play of their special teams, which have improved in several areas. PK Ryan Succop kicked five field goals in the team's Week Four victory over the Vikings, including two longer than 50 yards, and has shown better range this season. P Dustin Colquitt has averaged nearly 40 yards net, often leaving opponents with poor field position. But we hear the biggest improvement has come from Javier Arenas, the second-year pro who handles both kickoff- and punt-return duties for the team. Arenas has taken a more straight-forward approach on his returns, hitting lanes as soon as he sees them as opposed to waiting for something to happen. Through four games, the shift in strategy has worked, as Arenas is averaging a sparkling 20.7 yards on punt returns and 22.4 on kickoffs. On a team that is lacking playmakers on both offense and defense, it is the special teams that might be asked to come through with more big performances if the Chiefs are going to pull out more victories this season. 

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