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Ranking the NFL's 5 best punters

Mitch Bannon
ANALYST
Modified 10 Nov 2020
Top 5 / Top 10
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Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks

3. Michael Dickson (Seattle Seahawks

Of Michael Dickson's 30 punts in 2020, 16 have landed within the opponent's 20-yard line. Dickson's In20% of 53.3 is the second highest in the league amongst qualified punters, and his Net AVG 45.5 yards-per-punt is fourth in the league, just three yards shy of first place.

With just four touchbacks on the year, Dickson is one of the best coffin-corner specialists in football. The former Texas punter's ability to kick un-returnable balls was one of the reasons the Seattle Seahawks traded up to get him in the 2018 draft, and why pundits didn't scoff at Seahawks GM John Schneider for doing so.


New Orleans Saints v Tennessee Titans
New Orleans Saints v Tennessee Titans

2. Thomas Morstead (New Orleans Saints)

Heading into the 2019 season, the New Orleans Saints made Thomas Morstead the highest-paid punter in the league, signing the veteran to four year, $15.6 million contract with over $9 million fully guaranteed. Morstead then proceeded to have one of the best seasons of his career.

In 2019, Morstead was second in the NFL in In20% and improved his career yards-per-punt to 46.6, good for sixth in NFL history. While the 34-year-old's YPP has dropped a few yards halfway through 2020, he is once again at the top of In20% leaders, pinning kicks 52% of the time.

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Extending a 33-year-old Morstead was part of a concerted effort in New Orleans to improve special teams. In 2019, the Saints locked up Morstead, brought in three new special teams coaches, and signed or extended key special teamers such as Johnson Bademosi and Craig Robertson.

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Published 10 Nov 2020, 08:50 IST
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