Introducing the UK NFL Media All Pro Special Teams

Introducing the UK NFL Media All Pro Special Teams
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We’ve the whole of the special teams unit here. Kicker, Punter, Kick Receiver, Punt Receiver and Special Teams defender. All as voted for by the UK NFL Media.

Check out the entire UK NFL Media All Pro Team HERE.

Kicker: Justin Tucker (14 Votes), Jason Sanders (11), Younghoe Koo (7), Jason Myers (5), Tyler Bass (1), Mason Crosby (1)

Justin Tucker (14)

Three time NFL All Pro-er Tucker tops the list with 14 votes. Not bad seen as it was one of his “less great” seasons. He made 29 of 26 field goals, both career lows, and his FG% of 89.7 is 12th in the league. He was 3 of 6 through the playoffs, including two misses in the Divisional round vs. the Titans. Tucker was, as usual, great on extra points, hitting 52 of 53, 98.1%. He’s now only missed 4 his whole 9 year career.

Jason Sanders (11)

The third year man in Miami had a great year, earning him the honour of NFL All Pro team, but falling just short of making our UK Media All Pro team. Sanders was the only kicker to nail every extra point, completing all 36 of them. He hit 36 of 39, 92.3% 10th in the league, of his field goals and a lovely 8 of 9 from over 50 yards. Sanders hit two game winners for the ‘Fins, a 50 yarder week 9 against the Cardinals and a 44 yarder with 1 second left week 16 against the Raiders.

Jason Sanders was 36 of 36 on Extra points, the only players to be 100%. Image from phinsider.com

Younghoe Koo (7)

Koo cemented his place as the starter in Atlanta late last season and continued that good form into 2020. Leading the league with 37 field goals Koo was 5th in the league with his 94.9% field goal hit rate (39 attempts). He was the only kicker to be 100% (8 of 8) over 50 yards on more than 4 attempts. One of only 3 players to have an onside kick recovered Koo was 1 of 2, after his heroics last year of being 2 of 3.

Honorable Mentions

Jason Myers (5) and Mason Crosby (1) we’re the only two kickers to hit 100% of their field goals, Myers with 24 and Crosby 16. Myers takes the “longest kick of the year” award with his 61 belter against the Rams in week 10.

Punter: Jake Bailey (10 Votes) , Michael Dickson (8), Jack Fox (7), Bradley Pinion (3), Corey Bojorquez (3), Johnny Hecker (2), Tommy Townsend (1), Thomas Morstead (1), Jamie Gillan (1), Brett Kern (1), Braden Mann (1)

Jake Bailey (10)

New England’s punter takes the top score here with 10 votes. Another good year for the Patriots sophomore who pinned 56% of his punts inside the 20 and lead the league with a net punt average of 45.6 yards. Belichick loves his lefty punters but must be happy with righty Bailey. He only allowed 71 71 return yards all season – 2nd fewest of punters with over 25 attempts.

Michael Dickson (8)

Close but no cigar for Seattle punter Dickson who’s stats weren’t too dissimilar to Bailey’s. The third year man at Seattle pinned 52% of his punts inside the opponents 20. And had a net punt average of 44.4 yards, third only to Bailey and Jack Fox.

Jack Fox (7)

In what was a difficult season for the 5-11 Lions, but they can take an ounce of encouragement from punter Jack Fox. Fox earned himself a special teams Pro Bowl nod this year. His net average of 44.8 yards was 2nd overall; mainly thanks to only allowing 116 return yards on his 59 punts.

Fox was the first Lions punter to ever win special teams player of the month, in October. Image from prideofdetroit.com

Kick Returner: Cordarelle Patterson (29 Votes), Andre Roberts (7), Jamal Agnew (2), Deonte Harris (1)

Cordarelle Patterson (29 Votes)

It’s little surprise Chicago’s special teams ace Patterson wins the spot as our Kick Returner. The 4 times NFL All Pro was one of only 7 players to return a touchdown this year. Taking his career total to 8, tying him for first place on the all time list. Patterson lead the league in returns, 35, and return yards, 1017. He also chipped in with 132 yards receiving and 232 yards and a touchdown running the ball.

Andre Roberts (7)

Roberts was second to legendary special teamer Patterson. Those two had 92% of the votes between them. Buffallo’s Roberts heads to the Pro Bowl for the third straight year. He lead the league with a 30 yard return average, his 961 return yards were second only to Patterson.

Punt Returner: Gunner Olszewski (16), Jakeem Grant (12), Andre Roberts (3), Ray-Ray McCloud III (3), Nyheim Hines (2), Isaiah Mckenzie (1), Jamal Agnew (1), Mecole Hardman (1)

Gunner Olszewski (16 Votes)

Topping the league with 346 punt return yards Olszewski was a key part of New Englands ever productive special teams unit. 1 of only 8 punt returners to grab a touchdown this year Olszewski also topped his felow returners with 17.3 yards per return. The second year Patriot tops both the UK NFL Media and NFL All Pro selections for punt returner.

Gunner Olszewski leads all punt returners with a 17.1 yard return average. Image from USAtoday.com

Jakeem Grant (12)

Second to only Olszewski with 330 punt return yards and also one touchdown Grant was easily second place as our punt returner. He also chipped in on offence with a touchdown catch in the Dolphins week 10 victory against the Chargers. Grant has 5 total special teams touchdowns for his career, 3 punts and 2 kick returns.

Special Team Player: George Odum (12 Votes), Matthew Slater (7), Nick Bellore (2), Cody Davis (2), Jon Weeks (1), Andre Roberts (1), Taysom Hill (1), Thomas Hennessey (1), Younghoe Koo (1), Cody Barton (1), Justice Hill (1), Ray-Ray McCloud III (1), Byron Pringle (1), Adrian Phillips (1), Gunner Olszewski (1), Andrew van Ginkel (1), Justin Bethel (1), Jakeem Grant 1

George Odum (12 Votes)

Indianapolis Colts star special team man George Odum lead the league with 21 special team tackles. That included one forced fumble in the Colts week 8 victory over the Lions. Odum makes both the NFL and the UK NFL Media All Pro Teams.

Matthew Slater (7)

Slater doesn’t fill the stat sheets but is undoubtedly one of the best special teams players in the league. The Patriots gunner has recently been awarded his 9th Pro Bowl nod. It’s no surprise to see plenty of Patriots players on these lists, special teams has long been a focus of Bill Belichick.

Check out our UK NFL Media All Pro Quarterback, Running Back, Receivers, Tight End and Linebackers.

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