Teams captained by punters (there are six) are 10-14, or 41.7 percent. Arizona and the Giants are both 5-3 with long snappers as captains. There were no punters/snappers combined in the NFL last season.
Punters usually lead by example and serve as an inspiration to their teammates. They should take pride in their profession and work hard at improving daily. Punters can be found on all levels of football, from high school to professional sports. Although not every punter makes it to the pros, some do. There are several factors that go into whether or not a punter will be selected in the annual NFL draft. Size is important, but so is accuracy and field position. A lot can also depend on the style of punting used by each team. For example, a punt might be downed inside the 20-yard line if it's kicked away from goal-to-go situations during game time-outs. That's called a "gutty" punt.
The punter can be any size from 5' 11" to 6' 3". Some teams prefer someone who is smaller and plays downfield while others go for someone who is taller and kicks closer to the sideline. There was even one punter in the history of the NFL who was 7 feet tall.
That is by far the lowest in NFL history, according to FootballPerspective.com. Only Washington averages more than five punts per game. Ten clubs average less than three punts per game (and the Packers are averaging less than two punts a game). That's amazing given how difficult it is to start a drive from your own 20-yard line.
The Browns are the only team that has punted more times than they have field goals this season. They've done so even though their current coach was hired before last year's season started. He's very creative on offense but not much of a puntder.
There are several reasons why most teams don't punt much if at all. For one thing, there aren't many players available who can handle the job well. Punters must be able to do a little bit of everything: kick, punt, and block shots are essential skills for any player to possess. For another thing, coaches don't want to give the other team free opportunities to score. Finally, owners don't want to pay extra money for players who will just sit on the bench while also reducing their chance of getting injured.
In conclusion, most teams don't punt because it's easier to protect the ball and go long than it is to try and score a touchdown on every possession.
Punting Records in the NFL
|Most Seasons Leading League (Average Distance)|
|Most Punts, Game|
|17||Chicago Bears vs Green Bay (10/22/33)|
|Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh (10/22/33)|
However, the junior punter, an Australian native who declared for the NFL Draft last week, earned it owing to his remarkable stats. The All-American and Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year ended his final game in a Longhorns uniform with 11 punts for 452 yards, his fourth 400-yard game of the season. His 45.6-yard average is second in Texas history and ranks sixth in NCAA history.
In addition to being named First Team All-Big 12, Major Applewhite was also selected as the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year. The senior from Allen, Texas, averaged 44.5 yards per punt, including a school record 65-yarder. He had five kicks over 50 yards, including a career long 63-yarder. Applewhite finished his collegiate career with three top-10 finishes in the nation in scoring (third), punt average (second) and field goal percentage (tied for third). He entered the 2015 season as one of four finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the best placekicker in college football.
Applewhite became the first player in Texas history to be named First Team All-Big 12 twice when the selection committee announced its decision earlier this month. He was also voted the team's most valuable player after leading the Horns to their first 10-win season and their first appearance in the College Football Playoff. As a sophomore in 2014, Applewhite set a Texas record by converting 89 percent of his field goal attempts.
Teams may utilize more than 7 men on the line, but only the guys at either end of the line are eligible receivers, hence this normally occurs exclusively in kicking and punting situations. Each additional man up on the line makes it harder for the quarterback to find an open receiver.
In addition to these 7 players, there is also a 8th player on the field who often takes on a special role: the "Wildcat QB". The Wildcat QB does not count against the regular roster limit of 75 players, instead being counted as another offensive player. Many teams use this rule when their regular quarterback is injured or out with an injury. The Wildcat QB enters the game during normal play after the initial set of three downs (instead of going for a fourth down), but can also be used in lieu of a kicker or long snapper during extra points or field goals. While most quarterbacks spend the majority of the time on the bench, they occasionally fill in for an injured player or carry the ball themselves when the opportunity arises.
A common misconception is that because more than seven players are on the line that the offense is trying to run or kick multiple times in a single play.
The names of six captains While NFL rules allow clubs to choose up to six captains, this provision is rarely followed. Most teams have a president who is also a captain, with the other five positions usually being filled by vice presidents.
In most cases, the captain is awarded this honor because he has the longest service on his team. However, several recent captains have been selected after they had been traded to their current teams. These trades often occur when a team wants to give one of its players a break from playing defense and want him to lead them on that side of the ball. The trade usually takes place during the offseason and only applies to football matters; therefore, any previous honors that these players received did not affect their ability to be chosen as captains.
An NFL team consists of 53 players on the roster at any given time, including two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, and three specialists (Kicker, Punter, Long Snapper). Thus, there can be between one and six captains on a team at any given time. In fact, since 2009, every NFL team has had a single captain. The position does not require more than six men to be nominated, so if more than one person is elected, then someone will have to be removed from the group.