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Buffalo Bills are No. 16 in 2015 special teams rankings, per Dallas Morning News

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Thanks to strong efforts from their kick coverage, the Buffalo Bills managed to finish 16th in Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings, despite struggles elsewhere.

The Buffalo Bills finished 16th in Rick Gosselin's 2015 special teams rankings, which he compiles on an annual basis for The Dallas Morning News.

Buffalo managed a middle-of-the-pack finish thanks in large part to their strong efforts covering kicks; the Bills ranked first in the NFL allowing just 17.2 yards per kick return. They also led the league in average opponent starting point (19.9-yard line), and tied for the league lead with four special teams takeaways.

Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay tied for 16th in the league with 42 touchbacks on 77 kickoffs, so credit for the strong finish is split between him and Buffalo's coverage men. Colton Schmidt also helped with the average opponent starting point win, finishing seventh in the NFL with a 41.3-yard net punting average - although his 22 punts downed inside the 20 only ranked tied for 23rd in the league.

There has been some rhetoric that special teams coordinator Danny Crossman could be let go by head coach Rex Ryan this offseason, but now more than two weeks removed from the regular season finale, that becomes less likely by the day. The Bills could use a shot in the arm in the return game; their averages of 18.8 yards on kick returns and 7.5 yards on punt returns were not league-worst figures, but left a lot to be desired.

You can view Gosselin's full special teams rankings, as well as the 22 categories in which teams are ranked, right here.