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2022-08-15 2:08:17 PM  
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2022-08-15 5:02:25 PM  
From the 8 to the 15 in the air, after the roll it's 90+ yards. All praise the Punt God.
 
2022-08-15 5:16:10 PM  
Araiza can do that. Little surprised he didn't get drafted higher.
 
2022-08-15 5:20:20 PM  
Jesus
 
2022-08-15 5:29:07 PM  
What Ray Guy was for NFL punters, Matt Araiza is for NFL punters.
 
2022-08-15 5:30:37 PM  
I would have given Weatherford the MVP for one of the Super Bowls the Giants won.

Punter lives matter.
 
2022-08-15 5:37:50 PM  
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2022-08-15 5:42:14 PM  
Rookie couldn't even pin it inside the 20.
 
2022-08-15 5:47:29 PM  

king of vegas: I would have given Weatherford the MVP for one of the Super Bowls the Giants won.

Punter lives matter.


When Jim Tressel coached Ohio State, he would often espouse that the punt was the most important play in football.
 
2022-08-15 5:57:22 PM  

Jack Sabbath: Rookie couldn't even pin it inside the 20.


When the net is still 62 after a touchback, it doesn't matter.
 
2022-08-15 6:08:32 PM  

buckeyebrain: king of vegas: I would have given Weatherford the MVP for one of the Super Bowls the Giants won.

Punter lives matter.

When Jim Tressel coached Ohio State, he would often espouse that the punt was the most important play in football.


It's definitely an underrated part of the game.
 
2022-08-15 6:49:26 PM  
That's a big boot. Randall Cunningham had a 91 yard punt before but I think that was with a big tailwind and a big roll.
 
2022-08-15 6:53:49 PM  
It was fun watching him at SDSU. Incredible talent
 
2022-08-15 7:19:18 PM  
This is actually a big upgrade for the Bills.

A poor punt game was actually one of the few legitimately bad parts of last season's roster.  It didn't hurt them much, as the offense was so good that they weren't punting often (and very rarely from deep in their end).  But still, this addresses one of their few weak points.

Bringing in Von Miller to improve a sub-par pass rush is another big upgrade.

I'm biased as a Bills fan, but even trying to look at this roster as objectively as I can, I have a hard time finding many flaws.  Their window is open now and they know it.
 
2022-08-15 7:23:37 PM  

Doc Daneeka: I'm biased as a Bills fan, but even trying to look at this roster as objectively as I can, I have a hard time finding many flaws.


Same. Our defense is legitimately terrifying for other offenses and it looks like Dorsey's playbook is going to be just as good as Daboll's was.
 
2022-08-15 7:47:56 PM  

phimuskapsi: Jack Sabbath: Rookie couldn't even pin it inside the 20.

When the net is still 62 after a touchback, it doesn't matter.


I was about to say, this might be the rare case where the punter can be forgiven for the touchback.
 
2022-08-15 8:04:06 PM  
A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.
 
2022-08-15 8:06:13 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.


OTOH, punt god rules and this post is boring af.
 
2022-08-15 8:22:30 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.


OTOH, if your punter can routinely get touchbacks from inside your 20, you can just be going for first downs on every goddamn play. F*ck "get a few yards to flip the field".

/pretty stupid that he wasn't the first punter off the board
 
2022-08-15 8:24:22 PM  
Also, no one coffin corners kicks inside the 10 all the time. For the precision there you're punting from your opposing 40 or so and at that point everyone goes for first downs now.
 
2022-08-15 8:45:00 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.


The Bills barely punt, though.  4th & reasonable is a go for it situation for them anywhere past their own 40 yard line.  If you're only painting from deep in your own end and on the occasional 4th & forever you want the big leg over the accuracy.
 
2022-08-15 8:57:15 PM  
But can he drop kick?
 
2022-08-15 9:17:56 PM  
I was once at a college game in the 80s, crazy windy day played on old-style turf, basically Berber carpet. Punt went about 40 yards, the ball bounced and turned sideways and began to roll in the wind. And rolled another 30 yards in the wind before the receiving team had the sense to fall on it.

That's all I got.
 
2022-08-15 9:55:07 PM  

maudibjr: But can he drop kick?


Did you watch the clip? That's what he does.
 
2022-08-15 9:56:29 PM  

RevengeOfOkonkwo: It was fun watching him at SDSU. Incredible talent


A couple years ago, Ga Tech had a punter who I think was originally a d-lineman. I think he's now punting for dollars in the pros.

I have always enjoyed a good punter, even Randall Cunningham.
 
2022-08-15 9:56:58 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.


Probably why he was the 3rd punter taken. Very good at some things, not clearly proven in some other areas that teams value. The overall action isn't quite as fast as you'd like if a good punt rush is coming. And if you're punting from your own 45 the difference between the 20 and the 5 might matter a lot.
 
2022-08-15 10:09:07 PM  

cefm: HideAndGoFarkYourself: A big leg is only about 30% of the talent you want in a punter. He's got power, but what he lacks and what showed all through college and the pre-draft workouts, is accuracy. Flipping the field is one thing, but when you've got a punter who can coffin corner a punt inside the 10 with consistency, but doesn't boom it 80 yards, that's preferrable. If he doesn't figure out directional punting, he may not last long in the league.

Probably why he was the 3rd punter taken. Very good at some things, not clearly proven in some other areas that teams value. The overall action isn't quite as fast as you'd like if a good punt rush is coming. And if you're punting from your own 45 the difference between the 20 and the 5 might matter a lot.


If you're regularly punting from your own 45 in close-score situations your coach should be fired into the sun.
 
2022-08-15 10:11:10 PM  

phimuskapsi: maudibjr: But can he drop kick?

Did you watch the clip? That's what he does.


No, a drop kick is different than a punt in gridiron football.

On a drop kick, you kick the ball just after the ball hits the ground. A punt, the ball doesn't hit the ground.

Drop kicks are an alternative to placekicks to kick field goals. They were more popular when the ball was moreso a giant, rounder pig bladder than the oblong football it is now. However, it's still allowable in the rule book and it counts just the same. As show in this video, some arena leagues with gimmicky rules even incentivize it by giving drop kicks two points.

You can drop kick a field goal or extra point. You can not convert a field goal or extra point with a punt.
 
2022-08-16 1:07:04 AM  

Pfighting Polish: phimuskapsi: maudibjr: But can he drop kick?

Did you watch the clip? That's what he does.

No, a drop kick is different than a punt in gridiron football.

On a drop kick, you kick the ball just after the ball hits the ground. A punt, the ball doesn't hit the ground.

Drop kicks are an alternative to placekicks to kick field goals. They were more popular when the ball was moreso a giant, rounder pig bladder than the oblong football it is now. However, it's still allowable in the rule book and it counts just the same. As show in this video, some arena leagues with gimmicky rules even incentivize it by giving drop kicks two points.

You can drop kick a field goal or extra point. You can not convert a field goal or extra point with a punt.


The last successful drop kick was Doug Flutie's PAT on January 1, 2006. It was his last play before he retired. The previous successful drop kick was December 21, 1941, 2 weeks after Pearl Harbor. At the time, Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri joked that "Flutie might have been there the last time it happened."
 
2022-08-16 1:26:23 AM  

ZMugg: The last successful drop kick was Doug Flutie's PAT on January 1, 2006. It was his last play before he retired. The previous successful drop kick was December 21, 1941, 2 weeks after Pearl Harbor. At the time, Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri joked that "Flutie might have been there the last time it happened."


That was the very first clip in the video I put a link to. I would have embedded, but the NFL doesn't like that.

So yeah.
 
2022-08-16 7:42:50 AM  

KingKauff: RevengeOfOkonkwo: It was fun watching him at SDSU. Incredible talent

A couple years ago, Ga Tech had a punter who I think was originally a d-lineman. I think he's now punting for dollars in the pros.

I have always enjoyed a good punter, even Randall Cunningham.


Warren Sapp punted a few times in college and was the Bucs' second string punter.  I can't remember if he ever actually punted in the NFL though.
 
2022-08-16 7:43:27 AM  

Dafatone: Araiza can do that. Little surprised he didn't get drafted higher.


If he pulls a Pedro Cerrano and can't finesse short kicks to keep them out of the end zone, you'll have your answer.
 
2022-08-16 8:14:28 AM  

TTFK: Dafatone: Araiza can do that. Little surprised he didn't get drafted higher.

If he pulls a Pedro Cerrano and can't finesse short kicks to keep them out of the end zone, you'll have your answer.


This has been pretty well covered in this thread. Teams are punting from midfield less and less these days.
 
2022-08-16 9:07:39 AM  
God. DAMN.
 
2022-08-16 10:03:38 AM  

Pfighting Polish: No, a drop kick is different than a punt in gridiron football.

On a drop kick, you kick the ball just after the ball hits the ground. A punt, the ball doesn't hit the ground.


Oh, NFL has that too, but the last guy to do that was probably Doug Flutie.
 
2022-08-16 10:12:54 AM  

RoughTrickNamedJim: That's a big boot. Randall Cunningham had a 91 yard punt before but I think that was with a big tailwind and a big roll.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PDqbazOF54
/ youtube won't let me embed it
 
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