Buffalo Bills: 4 pleasant surprises from the first four games of 2020
By Jason Mattis
The next biggest positive to come from the first four games for the Buffalo Bills is the play of two special team players. Kick returner Andre Roberts and Corey Bojorquez have both set the foundation for special years.
Roberts is leading the league on kickoff returns with an average of 34.7. His longest of 39 yards is tied for 11th best. His league-leading success is also carrying over on punt returns. He has the most return yards at 124 yards while having the third most attempts at eight. An average of 15.5 and long of 38 both check-in as second best in the NFL. Add in the fact that he only has two fair catches and Roberts is maximizing his opportunities to create big plays.
Look no further than this past Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders and the score 17-16 in favor of the Bills. In need of a spark, he was able to rip off a huge 38-yard return setting the Buffalo Bills up at the Raiders 45-yard line. Six plays later the offense was able to capitalize on the game-changing play by increasing the lead to 23-16 on an Allen quarterback sneak for a touchdown.
The Buffalo Bills know he can contribute on offense if needed, but he was kept on the roster to be a game-changer in the return game and after four games he is not only doing that but also leading the league.
Bojorquez is quietly having a career year. His current punt average of 47.2 is a career-best over his 45.1 finish to the 2018 season. Last season his average was 41.9 with a long of 67 yards. A boom of a kick of 72 yards has already created a new long as well. His net punt has also increased from last season by nearly three yards going from 37.7 to 40.5.
If the punter isn’t gaining a lot of headlines that is generally a good thing but don’t kid yourself as when number nine is on the field the job is getting done.