Coming off a season in which the longest Chiefs punt return was 19 yards, the 2010 special teams unit didn’t have to do much in order to improve. All rookies Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster did was set an all-time franchise record.
The Chiefs registered a team-record 160 punt return yards, breaking the previous mark of 141 established vs. Oakland (9/23/79). Kansas City is 18-4 (.818) all-time in games when producing a punt return TD.
Dexter McCluster registered a 94-yard punt return TD, the longest in Chiefs history. The previous long return was a 93-yard return by WR Dante Hall vs. Denver (10/5/03). McCluster’s TD return was the longest in a player’s NFL debut since Tampa Bay WR Jacquez Green had a 95-yard punt return TD at Green Bay (9/13/98).
Hard to top that debut, eh?
All preseason it looked like Arenas would have to take over the return game by himself after McCluster struggled to rediscover his special teams abilities. Well, after blowing by the entire San Diego punt unit. Though he did get an assist from San Diego punter Mike Scifres who after preventing Arenas from taking a punt to the house, wanted nothing to do with a repeat and flung himself on the ground to avoid the oncoming blockers.
Believe it or not, the two rookies could get a bit of a test next week against the Browns. Cleveland held Tampa Bay to a 6 yard punt return average over 4 returns. Both Arenas and McCluster are more explosive than Bucs journeyman returner Micheal Spurlock, though it is important to note that the Browns started off on the right foot when it came to coverage.