Jacob Schum’s Days with Packers Have Ended
This seems fitting. Punter Jacob Schum was a surprise pickup by the Green Bay Packers last year — after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schum was a surprise cut today by the Packers.
Tampa released Schum — who many of us had taken to calling Jake Bum — last summer on the roster cut to 75. The Packers swooped in and picked him up and released incumbent Tim Masthay.
Schum averaged 43.2 yards per punt with a net of 39.1 during his only season with the Packers. Those averages placed him 27th and 24th in the league, respectively. Schum hit 19 of his 56 kicks inside the 20.
Now, it appears, the Packers have decided to go with Justin Vogel, an undrafted rookie from Miami, as their punter.
This, of course, is a great place to raise a point that we have discussed on several occasions. In his tenure as general manager, Ted Thompson, for whatever reason, has not been able to find a competent punter.
Probably the best guy he had was Jon Ryan, who he cut after two seasons. Ryan has been the Seattle Seahawks punter for the last nine years and has a 44.7 career average.
Hey, maybe Vogel is the guy who will finally get it right, though.