Like McAfee, Koch is one of the few bright spots on an underachieving team. Koch ranks fifth in the NFL with a Punt returners have averaged only 5. He has also forced eight fair catches and had 15 punts downed inside the 20, with the latter being second in the league.
While he has only punted 25 times this season thus far, Jones has forced 10 fair catches on these punts, and has had 10 downed inside the The Cowboy is one of four full-time punters without a touchback this season. Has also completed a yard pass on a fake punt, his sixth career completion.
After finishing 24th among full-time punters in PFF grades Colquitt has helped the top-ranked Broncos defense by pinning nine of his 32 punts inside the 20, although below-average coverage His net punting average Despite this, Kern has had 13 of his 31 punts downed inside the 20, forcing 10 fair catches and surrendering only one touchback. This means a left-footed punter will need to aim closer to the goal line over the 5-yard line when going for the left corner and aim more toward the yard line when going for the right corner.
The likeliness of an all-out rush increases the closer the punting team is to its own goal line. Because a heavy rush is expected and the normal stepping pattern distance is decreased, the punter adjusts his approach to quickly get the punt off. Punt distance is desperately needed to regain some field position and get the punting team out of the hole.
More important, hang time is crucial to minimize a return. Obviously, punting out of the end zone tends to bring the most intense rush. The punt-return team also would anticipate a mishandled snap allowing them a quick opportunity to score. Thus the punt team must first protect the punter and second release and cover effectively.
Because of the likely rush pressure from outside, the punter should punt straight ahead to maximize protection. By maximizing hang time and distance, he provides a greater opportunity for the coverage team to protect and be more effective getting downfield to minimize the return. Even if the return team is unable to block the punt, it can cause the punt team to do a poor job of covering downfield by forcing them to focus more on protection of the punter.
When punting out of the end zone, the punter focuses on his alignment and stance. He needs to position his feet well ahead of this line and not right up against it while in his stance.
If a punter inadvertently moves his foot back as he receives the snap and steps on the back line, he would be ruled out of bounds. This is a technique that the punter develops through practice. By aligning at least a foot ahead of the back line, he minimizes the risk of stepping out of bounds, especially if he uses proper technique by moving forward to meet the snap. Another aspect of punting out of the end zone that needs to be considered regarding alignment is the distance from the line of scrimmage.
If the football is inside the 5-yard line, the distance separating the punter from the oncoming rush is reduced as well. This is commonly called a tight punt situation. The more inside the 5-yard line the football is spotted, the less room the punter has to take his normal steps during his approach to punt the football downfield.
The best way to approach this type of punt is for the punter to shorten his steps to cover less distance. By practicing this technique and allowing it to develop naturally, the punter can still maintain a quick, rhythmic get-off time. This technique allows him to use his normal stepping approach two or two and a half , which keeps the approach consistent with his normal stepping pattern. An advantage of punting from a tight punt formation inside the 5-yard line is that the snapped football has less distance to travel and thus will be received by the punter quicker than usual.
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