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Whom would you want making a clutch kick?

The Falcons have the No. 1 special-teams unit in the postseason thanks in large part to RB Jerious Norwood's return skills, according to Scouts Inc.

Originally Published: December 31, 2008
By Ken Moll | Scouts Inc.
Place-kicking is a key component of special teams, and when you need to make a clutch field goal with time winding down, no one is more important than the place kicker. Then why are the Colts' special teams -- who have Mr. Clutch, Adam Vinatieri -- ranked last?

The Titans have one of the best place-kickers in the league in Rob Bironas, who has excellent range and accuracy. P Craig Hentrich has been solid all year with his hang time and distance. Return specialist Chris Carr has shown explosive speed and can hit creases on both punt and kick returns, while Tennessee's coverage units have been solid and rarely give their opponents a short field.

Second-year P Sav Rocca has a live leg and is adept at pinning his opponents inside the 20-yard line. PK David Akers is hitting 82.5 percent of his attempts. The Eagles' coverage units have been solid at maintaining field position. Rookie returners DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps have the excellent vision and athleticism to hit a crease and make a big return.

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Ken Moll

Scouts Inc.
Ken Moll spent 13 years scouting in the NFL, six with the Cleveland Browns, five with the Jacksonville Jaguars and two with the National Football Scouting combine. Before that, he spent 15 years as a collegiate assistant, nine at Richmond and six at Louisville, his alma mater.

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