First-year special teams coordinator Heath Farwell has a checklist for his units every week. Along with common goals like 100 percent effort, 100 percent ball security, 100 percent protection and no penalties, Farwell also wants Buffalo’s kickoff starting point to be better than their opponent and he wants one game-breaking play or more.
Though the Bills have had just 15 kick returns on the season, five have gone for 30 yards or more (33%) In two of the last three games, primary return man Andre Roberts has provided a 66-yard return against Washington and a 44-yard return last week against Miami. Both of those returns led to touchdown drives by the offense.
“We feel we are close.” Roberts said. “We’ve been doing good things this year. Just one of those times when we get a good opportunity, these last couple of weeks have just proven to us that if we keep working hard at fitting it up, we’ll have a chance at some point this year to get all the way to the house.”
Tyler Kroft, another member of the kick return unit, feels with a return man the caliber of Roberts back there, it motivates the unit all the more to execute their blocks perfectly.
“When we have him back there we know he’s going to hit the holes how they’re supposed to be hit,” Kroft said. “So if everyone is doing their job you’re not going to worry about him going rogue or bouncing things when he doesn’t need to. He’s zeroing in on what he’s trying to set up because he’s smart and understands schematically how we’re trying to attack people. So he does a great job of setting your blocks up for you too as long as you’re where you’re supposed to be.”