NFL Extra Point Preseason Experiment

The NFL is moving the extra point back to the 20 yard line for the first two preseason games. The proposed rule change was moving it to the 25 yard line. Instead of a full rule change, the NFL has decided to experiment in the first two preseason games.

This brings up an interesting conversation. While this puts more pressure on the kicker, it also puts more pressure on the field goal holder. The field goal holder is normally the punter. While some might say the holder has a relatively easy job, I would beg to differ. Try holding a ball with large defensive linemen coming at you.

While holding mistakes are rare, you do hear about them from time to time. Punters are good at holding because they obviously catch the ball every time they’re on the field. Holders now have the added pressure of being sure the hold is perfect every time in the first two preseason games because the extra point is no longer short. It’s 38 yards.

This rule is an interesting experiment. The possibilities are interesting. I don’t know if this will work, but we’ll just have to see.

The field goal holder is a very important job.  Image from wikepedia.com

The field goal holder is a very important job.
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Donnie Jones Resigns with Eagles

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Eagles punter Donnie Jones has resigned with the team. He signed a three year deal that can be worth 6 million dollars. Jones had a fantastic year with the Eagles posting a 40.4 net punt yard average. Wise move by the Eagles to lock up Jones for three more years.

Donnie Jones Image from philly.com

Donnie Jones
Image from philly.com

Pat Mcafee to not be Punter and Kicker

There were murmurs that Pat Mcafee could become the Colts punter and kicker. Those murmurs have officially ceased. Adam Vinatieri has resigned with the Colts. It is a two year deal. As reported previously, Pat Mcafee resigned to a 5 year contract with the Colts earlier this past week. Mcafee might not be kicking field goals anytime soon, but he’ll still be one of the best in the league at punting this year. I think he’ll be okay with that.

Pat Mcafee  Image from blacksportsonline.com

Pat Mcafee
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Free Agent Punter Round Up

The eve of free agency has dawned. Those that have set with nervous excitement to see who their team signs do not have to wait much longer. This is my breakdown of the punting position in free agency. I highlight Adam Podlesh, Donnie Jones, Mat Mcbriar, and Sav Rocca.

Adam Podlesh

As mentioned in an earlier post, Adam Podlesh was released by the Bears. I reiterate from my earlier post, this is no shock. Podlesh ranked 29th in punt average last year with 37.9 yards a punt. Podlesh will surely get a one year deal somewhere to prove himself. If he expects to do anything beyond that, he’ll have to prove himself this coming year.

Stats: 68 Punts, 2763 yards, 65 long, 40.6 AVG, 37.9 Net AVG, 1 Block, 11 OOB (Out of Bounds), 27 Inside 20, 2 TB, 25 FC (Fair Catch), 15 RET, 111 Return Yds Allowed

Adam Podlesh Image from espn.go.com

Adam Podlesh
Image from espn.go.com

 

 

Donnie Jones

Donnie Jones is coming off a year with the Eagles where he ranked in the Top 10 in Yards, Net AVG, and Inside the 20. Jones has been a quality punter in his career. He’s been a 2 time second team All Pro (2008, 2009) and has played well in almost everywhere he’s been. He’ll surely get snatched up by someone.

Stats: 82 Punts, 3681 Yards, 3358 Net Yds, 70 long, 44.9 AVG, 40.5 Net AVG, 1 Block Allowed, 9 OOB, 33 Inside the 20, 5 TB, 22 FC, 28 RET, 223 Return Yards, 1 TD Allowed

Donnie Jones Image from philly.com

Donnie Jones
Image from philly.com

 

Mat Mcbriar

Mat Mcbriar just hasn’t been able to get on his feet since leaving the Dallas Cowboys. he hasn’t been the same since his case of drop foot with the Cowboys. Once one of the best, he’s now just not the same player. He’ll be looking to find a team that can help him get back on his feet after spending the year with the Steelers.

Stats (Note: Only played nine games): 40 Punts, 1652 Yds, 1435 Net Yds, 70 long, 41.3 AVG, 35 Net AVG, 1 Block, 5 OOB, 13 Inside the 20, 3 TB, 10 FC, 18 RET, 157 Return Yds allowed

Mat Mcbriar Image from post-gazette.com

Mat Mcbriar
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Sav Rocca

And the man with by far the best name on this list, Sav Rocca. Sav spent last year with the Redskins before being released last week. A quandary in my mind, he can surely punt, but he’s not a marquee name in my opinion.

Stats: 84 Punts, 3526 Yds, 2871 Net Yds, 63 Long, 42 AVG, 33.8 Net AVG, 1 Block, 18 OOB, 26 Inside the 20, 18 FC, 39 RET, 655 Return Yds Allowed, 3 TD Allowed

 

Sav Rocca Image from csnwashington.com

Sav Rocca
Image from csnwashington.com

All stats courtesy of each player’s former teams.

 

 

Pat Mcafee to stay with Colts

Pat Mcafee announced he would be saying with the Indianapolis Colts today. He agreed to a five year contract with the club. Mcafee has been one of the most consistent punters in the league. This was a good move by the Colts. Colts fans should be very happy.

Mcafee has been one of the most consistent punters in the league. Image from blacksportsonline.com

Mcafee has been one of the most consistent punters in the league.
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Adam Podlesh Released by Bears

Adam Podlesh was released by the Chicago Bears today. The Bears saved money with this move. Cap space is all too important. This comes as no surprise. Podlesh ranked 29th last year in average with 37.9 yards. Podlesh will surely get a chance to prove himself somewhere else, but for now he’ll be waiting until Free Agency starts on Monday.

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Adam Podlesh's release comes as no shock.  Image from espn.go.com

Adam Podlesh’s release comes as no shock.
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