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Bills special teams were 8th overall

By Mark Gaughan

For the record, the Buffalo Bills' special teams ranked eighth overall in 2012, according to the Dallas Morning News annual ranking.

Former Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven was part of the team's housecleaning after the season, but he ended his second Bills tenure on a good note.

The Bills ranked first in punt return average, fourth in kickoff return average, ninth in opponents' kickoff return average and 32nd in opponents' punt return average. They blocked a league-best five kicks. The ranking factors 22 special-teams categories.

Minnesota ranked No. 1 in the NFL, followed by Cincinnati, AFC champion Baltimore, Miami and Seattle. NFC champion San Francisco was 15th. The bottom five teams were: 28, Philadelphia; 29, Oakland; 30, Detroit; 31, Washington; 32, Carolina.

New Bills special teams coach Doug Crossman was in Detroit last season.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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