Brendon Ayanbadejo's special world
Three-time Pro Bowl player stands atop new Football Outsiders special teams ranking
Special teams gunners don't get a lot of love. Sure, they get one Pro Bowl slot set aside in each conference, but you won't find them on a list of the league's best tacklers. Their tackles just get tossed in with all the other tackles when it comes to league stat totals -- and nobody makes a list of which gunners do the most to take down a punt returner before he can even get a yard.
We've counted up all the returns from the last five years to create three new stats: Return tackles, return stops and return saves.
Return tackles are simple: the number of tackles and assists that a player makes on kick and punt returns. This doesn't count onside kicks or end-of-half squib kicks.
For the full breakdown of these new metric categories and 10 leaders in two of the categories -- plus a Jet who is a stud at a position you don't normally view as having studs -- you need to be an Insider.
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