Thursday, February 14, 2013
From Nate Davis's "USA TODAY Sports' 21st All-Joe team"
February 13, 2013
Returner — Leodis McKelvin (Bills): His 18.7-yard average on punt returns was the second-best since the 1970 merger, and he brought two back for TDs; he also averaged 28.3 yards on kickoffs.
Kicker — Justin Tucker (Ravens): Impressive rookie connected on 91% of his field-goal tries (30-for-33) and didn't miss inside 40 yards. Among those with at least 40 kickoffs, no one whose home field didn't have a dome drove it better than Tucker (67.5-yard average).
Punter — Dave Zastudil (Cardinals): Dropped 46 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line, a new NFL record. Despite the horrid field position Arizona often had, Zastudil didn't merely bomb away and instead maintained an excellent net (41.4 yards) while forcing a league-high 36 fair catches. And he did a lot of work, his 112 punts 21 more than anyone else last season.
Ace — Bryan Braman (Texans): Playing as if his flowing hair was on fire, he blocked two punts, both returned for Houston TDs (one by Braman himself) and was a demon in coverage, making a team-high 16 special-teams tackles.