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PFWA votes Leodis McKelvin All-NFL punt returner

Buffalo Bills return man Leodis McKelvin brings back a punt for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. (Photo: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

By Tim Graham

Not a bad week at all for Buffalo Bills kick returner Leodis McKelvin.

USA Football named him to its annual All-Fundamentals team Monday. Today, he made the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team as the punt returner.

McKelvin was the only Bills player on either honorary roster.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski of Amherst was chosen for All-NFL team. Former Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was chosen along with Minnesota Vikings marvel Adrian Peterson.

McKelvin is a free agent and could be a tricky player to re-sign. The 11th overall pick of the 2008 draft started at cornerback only when others were hurt, but he said on locker-cleanout day last week that he still views himself as more than a return man and wants a chance to be a regular cornerback again.

His value as a return man is significant. He led the NFL with an 18.7-yard average on punts and had two touchdowns. His 28.3-yard average on kickoffs was among the league leaders.

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Tim Graham

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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

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