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Justin Vogel Wanted, Got Released

Why wouldn’t he. Justin Vogel might have been the first good punter Ted Thompson ever found.

It was a confounding situation. Year after year, the Packers’ punters sucked. The most successful guy of the Ted era was Jon Ryan and Ted cut him, so he could go have all of his success with the Seattle Seahawks.

And then, finally, there was Justin Vogel. Undrafted free agent out of Miami. Thrown out there as a rookie — 44.4 average, 41.6 net. Franchise record for net punting. Pro Bowl alternate.

But by god, Gutes McGoots is gonna shake things up round here!

That drunken sailor goes and drafts a — get this — a fucking punter in the fifth round of the NFL Draft! And with that move, Gutes McGoots officially stuck the blade into Ted’s corpse and said, “Fuck you, Uncle Ted! This is my team now,” with a scowl on his face.

What is the point here? Other than laughter?

The point is the Packers didn’t need a goddam punter. As a parting gift, Uncle Ted decided to leave the Packers with a competent punter.

Justin Vogel is a quality NFL punter.

He was obviously pissed off when Gutes McGoots drafted J.K. Scott in the fifth round. THE FIFTH FUCKING ROUND!

So much for competition at every position, as the front office has preached throughout this offseason. Vogel requested his release and he got it on Friday.

Good for him.

Most football players don’t like to be forcefully bent over and then given the high, hard one.

We hope Vogel gets another job. He deserves one.

The ramifications for the Packers are this. What if Scott is B.J. Sander? Will they beg Vogel to come back?

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. JIMBO May 4, 2018

    Hold up, his 41.6 net is impressive and he only had two touchbacks all year. He is deadly accurate. But in spite of his accuracy, he is nearly last in % of punts that landed inside the 20 and in the bottom half on average per punt.

    Why? Because he doesn’t have a big booming leg. Scott has a booming leg and accuracy. We will see how it plays out but Scott has the higher ceiling. And they are punters for Pete’s sake.

  2. Sanguine camper May 4, 2018

    If Vogel doesn’t want to compete he’s better off somewhere else. I think he has seen Scott punt and knows he can’t keep up.

  3. Mitch Anthony May 4, 2018

    Hey Cleveland, wanna punter? You already have the gunner that made him look real good.

  4. Skinny May 4, 2018

    I don’t know but this Scott guy looks like he just got off a middle school playground for god sakes. His ass better be special. But funny remembering BJ Sander. I knew the Pack were in trouble with Sander because in many post draft interviews he mainly talked about wanting to get back home to start up his landscaping business.

  5. Ferris May 4, 2018

    The reason he looked OK was for 10 years GB punters have been terrible. His 44.1 gross average was 23rd in the league and his long of 62 was 21st. He was better than Masthay and Chumbucket but there is a better punter out there. I feel for him but the NFL has no mercy.

    1. Ferris May 4, 2018

      And he was dead last (tied) for punts inside the 20.

  6. cz May 4, 2018

    We didnt see Favre want to walk away when they drafted Rodgers in Round1

  7. Hinder May 5, 2018

    I just hope this isn’t another Jon Ryan fiasco.

  8. PF4L May 5, 2018

    I don’t know if a team spends a 5th round pick just to bring competition in camp against a competent kicker. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. You have so many needs on this team, and this is what you do?

    What would make sense, is if we get a report that Vogel pissed off the great white fat walrus.

    1. smackmastapoop May 5, 2018

      I agree that drafting a punter in the 5th round just to bring in competition doesn’t make sense, but–and I’m only guessing, here–I wonder if they drafted Scott with the new kickoff rules in mind. As the competition committee continues tweaking the kickoff game, we might see kickoffs look more and more like punts, which will require a guy who can kick the ball a country mile. Some of those kickoff changes are coming this season, I think, and others may come down the road, eventually making the Scott pick look like genius. Two other teams drafted punters in the fifth round, too, so let the theories fly. Again, I’m just speculating, nothing more.

      Ferris already pointed out that Vogel’s stats weren’t mind blowing, and it’s been reported elsewhere that Zook doesn’t seem to like Vogel, so that might have factored into drafting Scott, too. Maybe they would’ve kept Vogel around for the sake of competition, but it looks like Vogel said forget it and asked to be let go.

      BTW, Mordy, “Gutes McGoots” sounds stupid. “Gutes” sounds like “glutes.” Innovate from there. Show a little effort.

      1. MP May 8, 2018

        You’re saying that kickoffs will become more like punts? That’s just a guess on your part, but if you’re projecting Scott to do the you better hope they are. Scott’s kickoff performance in college was mediocre at best !

  9. Jschizl May 5, 2018

    Alabama, big games, 6’5. Had an 80 yard 6 second hand time punt. Kicks off. Ceiling is higher, everybody is replaceable. Gutes doesn’t care, If I was the head coach I would definitely not want to be out coached this year. They already gave away a starting corner for a back up quarterback. It’s definitely going to be interesting going forward.

  10. PF4L May 5, 2018

    They also let a td scoring machine walk away, and got nothing in return, except adding another team need.

  11. Kato May 6, 2018

    What a millennial. Got butthurt that the team brought in another guy

    1. PF4L May 6, 2018

      My best guess is, he knew he was as good as gone. But getting his release gives him more time to catch on with another team rather than go through a dog and pony show in training camp.