The Importance of Punter Stats

When you read my punter profiles, you may become confused at times with the load of gibberish that I type in those stats. I mean what’s “LNG” mean? Is it important to have a high number in “IN 20?” Well, fear not, for I can answer these questions. Let’s go on a breakdown.

Punts: Punts mean punts. Obviously, the goal is not to have to punt very often, but this can help in judging consistency. If a guy has 100 punts and only gets 5 inside the 20 yard line, it’s time to find a new punter!

Yds: Yds is short for yards. This is the complete distance of all of a player’s punts. Obviously, this is a very high number. This is looked at often but NET Yds is more important.

NET Yds: This is short for net yards. This statistic does not just tell you the total number of yards. This subtracts yards for touch backs and possible returns. This gives a more complete picture of a punter’s abilities. NET Yds is a very important stat for punters.

LNG: LNG means how long a punt travels on someone’s farthest punt. This can be an exciting stat to look at. When you see these huge numbers, you think this must mean the guy’s good, but LNG can be a very inaccurate look at a punter’s ability. We’re talking about one punt out of 70-90 a guy does a year. That’s not a good representation of a guy’s abilities. LNG should be considered a statistic that accompanies the important statistics. Use the important statistics to see the importance of LNG.

AVG: AVG stands for average. Average is the average distance of your punts. It can be a good indicator of consistency in a punter’s season.

NET AVG: NET AVG stands for net average. Like net yards, net average takes the return yards and touch backs into consideration to get a realistic look at the punter’s power and ability.

BLK: BLK stands for blocks allowed. This is a no-no in the punting world. Although, blocks are typically the men protecting the punter’s fault, it could mean the punter is not getting the ball off his foot fast enough. It also can tell you if the special teams unit is lacking.

OOB: OOB stands for out of bounds. This can be a good stat if you are coffin corner punter. OOB can also be a bad thing. If you’re hitting them out of bounds all the time, but they aren’t going inside the 20, this can be a problem. I’m sure Tom Coughlin would’ve liked for Matt Dodge to punt the ball out of bounds a few years back.

Sorry Giants fans...  Image from zimbio.com

Sorry Giants fans…
Image from zimbio.com

DN: DN stands for downed punts. This is more a stat for the special teams unit. A good, hardworking special teams unit with the help of a punter can get lots of downed punts.

IN 20: This is the holy grail of punting stats. Where punters make it or break it. IN 20 stands for punts that land inside the 20 yard line. The more punts you have inside the 20, the more field position you aren’t giving away. You factor this stat in with the total number of punts to get a percentage of how many of your punts are landing in the perfect spot–inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.

TB: TB stands for touch backs allowed. This is something that can ruin a guy’s career. Punters don’t want or need touch backs. That’s like giving away field position. This is an absolute no-no for any punter. Touch backs can be hard to control, but they’ve got to find a way.

FC: FC stands for fair catches allowed. It’s kind of toss up. It can be good if it’s inside the 20, but it can be bad if it’s outside the 20.

RET: RET stands for returns allowed. As a punter you don’t want to give up many returns. You run the risk of the other team getting better field position or scoring.

RET Yds: RET Yds stands for return yards allowed. Giving up return yards makes you look like a bad special teams unit as a whole. The less return yards you give up, the worse the field position for the opponent.

TD: TD stands for touchdowns allowed. This is another no-no. You can’t give up touchdowns on punts. Just ask Matt Dodge and Tom Coughlin

Punters are people too! Image from crossingbroad.com

Punters are people too!
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Punter Profile: Broncos Punter Britton Colquitt

Britton Colquitt is a prestigious member of the first family of NFL punters. Britton. Dustin, and their dad Craig all have NFL punting experience. They even have a cousin who punted in college! Britton is an interesting case. Although he owns the Broncos best career gross and net AVG record, he’s not as good when you stack him up against other punters in the league. Although, he does play with Peyton Manning so he’s not having to punt the ball much.

Age: 29

Weight: 205 lbs.

Height: 6-3

Experience: 5

College: Tennesee

2014 Stats: 65 Punts, 2893 Yds, 2559 NET Yds, 60 LNG, 44.5 AVG, 38.8 NET AVG, 1 OOB, 8 DN, 23 IN 20, 3 TB, 25 FC, 28 RET, 274 RET Yds Allowed

(To find a good breakdown of all the punters in the league, go to Bleacher Report’s “B/R NFL 1000” for a rundown of the punters in the league from 32-1! http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2030491-br-nfl-1000-top-32-punters)

The Koffin Korner

Image from fansided.com

Image from fansided.com

 

 

 

Steelers Solve Punting Position with Adam Podlesh…

The Steelers solved their punting position with Adam Podlesh Tuesday… They signed the punter to a one year deal. If I were a Steeler fan, I’d be very weary of this move. Podlesh had a horrendous year last year. This was a team that had some special teams issues last year and I don’t know how much better it will get with this signing. We’ll see how it works out, but I’m not so sure about this one.

Redskins Sign Punter Blake Clingan and Bills Sign Jake Dombrowski

News in the punting world came yesterday. The Redskins signed punter Blake Clingan. The Redskins released Sav Rocca a while back and have to find a new punter. They also signed Robert Malone in January. Here’s a little info on Blake Clingan:

Clingan originally played with Lions. He was signed as a undrafted free agent last year. He went to UCF (Central Florida) and never played in the regular season last year.

Preseason Stats:

13 Punts, 41.5 AVG, 55 LNG, 6 IN20

I would think Clingan is coming in to just add some competition for Malone. Malone has more experience than Clingan, having punted in the regular season for the Jets and Buccaneers, and I would be shocked if he didn’t win the starting job. Expect Malone to win this battle.

 

Clingan is most likely competition for Malone. Image from twitter.com

Clingan is most likely competition for Malone.
Image from twitter.com

 

More news came when the Bills sign Jake Dombrowski. He’s also competition for Brian Moorman. Dombrowski went to Harvard and has no previous NFL experience. Expect Moorman to win this battle. Although, the Bills know Moorman is not getting any younger, I wouldn’t be surprised if they draft a punter either this year or next year.

Jake Dombrowski Image from gocrimson.com

Jake Dombrowski
Image from gocrimson.com

Punter Profile: Bills Punter Brian Moorman

Brian Moorman is something. 38 and still going. I know punters have good longevity but 38 years old and he’s still punting into the corner of the field… Amazing. With all due respect to Brian, who is obviously doing something right if he’s still punting balls, he’s not the guy he used to be. After being cut by the Bills in 2012, he went to the Cowboys and had a awful time there. After a brief stint in Pittsburgh, Moorman’s next team would naturally be the Bills. He was with the Bills for 12 years before he was cut in 2012. A good guy who’s done it right, but he’s just not the guy he used to be. He’s close to the bottom of my rankings, but he certainly was good when he was younger.

Brian Moorman

Height: 6-0

Weight: 174

College: Pittsburg State

Age: 38

2013 NFL stats: (Note: Only played 11 games last year) 61 Punts, 2511 yds, 2234 Net yds, 62 LNG, 41.2 AVG, 36.6 Net AVG, 10 OOB, 4 DN, 16 IN20, 26 Returns allowed, 197 Return yds allowed

Moorman is a two-time pro bowler and is on the Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary team.

Brian Moorman

Brian Moorman

Punter Profile: Bengals Punter Kevin Huber

Kevin Huber is best remembered last year for getting smashed on a punt in mid-December by Steelers player Terence Garvin. Absolutely smothered. While he suffered a fractured jaw and a vertebrae fracture, Huber had a pretty good year last year. He was in the top 10 in two punter categories, net yds and longest punt. He had the longest punt in the league with a booming 75 yards last year!

Kevin Huber

Height: 6’1

Weight: 212

College: Cincinatti

Age: 28

NFL 2013 Stats: (Note: Missed last two games with fractured jaw) 66 punts, 2982 yds, 2673 Net yds, 75 LNG, 12 OOB, 5 DN, 24 IN20, 4 TB, 20 FC, 25 Returns allowed, 229 Return Yards allowed, 1 TD allowed

Huber’s a solid punter who is certainly in the top 15 punters in the league.

Kevin Huber Image from bleacherreport.com

Kevin Huber
Image from bleacherreport.com

Punter Profile: Former Bears Punter Adam Podlesh

The second profile in this series is about a starter from last year who is now looking for a job. Adam Podlesh was the Bears punter until March 5. He was released. He was a cap casualty and quite simply, wasn’t getting the job done.

Adam Podlesh

Height: 5-11

Weight: 200 pounds

College: Maryland

Age: 30

2013 NFL stats: 68 punts, 2763 yds, 65 LNG, 40.6 AVG, 37.9 net AVG, 1 Block allowed, 11 OOB, 15 downed punts, 27 IN20, 2 TB, 25 FC, 15 returns allowed, 111 Return yards allowed

Oh Adam Podlesh… last year was disastrous. Career lows in average and net average. Net average is one of the things punters make their livings on. He’s still a free agent to date and one must wonder if he will be signed. He had some solid years with the Jaguars before coming to Chicago, but last year was bad. Podlesh deserves another chance, but punters have short leashes in the NFL. If Podlesh gets another shot, he’ll have to turn it around this year. I hope he does, but 37.9 net average…