Punter is the new fullback in Green Bay. Gone are the days when the Packers wasted roster spots by keeping three fullbacks. The new position that’s in vogue to overstock is punter.
And so, the Packers signed one up on Saturday. Said punter is former Los Angeles Charger Drew Kaser. He was a sixth-round pick by the Chargers in 2016. He was released in early October of this year.
Yes, your memory does serve you correctly. The Packers just drafted a punter in the fifth round of this year’s draft. JK Scott would be that punter and he has kicked mostly fine, minus a shank in Los Angeles that maybe went 20 yards.
Is Scott injured? He’s not on the injury report, so unless he pulled a hammy getting on the plane for Boston, we’re going with no.
What’s the logic here?
Shit, I was waiting for you to answer.
Because I have no goddam idea.
But we might as well compare and contrast.
Kaser has a career average of 47.4 yards per kick. His net is 40.4 yards. Out of 146 career punts, 50 have been inside the 20. That’s a little more than 34 percent of his kicks.
Interestingly, Kaser had his best career average — 48.4 — before getting released by the Chargers this year. Of course, he also had his worst career net — 35.4.
Let’s go to Scott. He is currently averaging 45.3 yards per punt. His net is 39.8. Scott has put eight of 27 punts inside the 20. That’s about 30 percent.
Is it possible the Packers could give up on Scott already? He’s had his ups and downs, sure, but it seems a little premature to go in a different direction.
Finally, let’s note this. After trading Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Ty Montgomery — two contributors — the Packers filled those roster spots with a practice squad running back (Tra Carson) and a second punter.