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SmashMouth 12-17-2012 07:18 PM

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead well on his way to NFL record books
 
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Just because the New Orleans Saints aren't quite having the individual statistical boom the players enjoyed last season, it doesn't mean there's no history in the making for punter Thomas Morstead.

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Saints punter Thomas Morstead, right, appears to be the frontrunner for earning an NFC Pro Bowl bid as fan voting closes Monday.
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Morstead, better known to his Twitter followers as "The Leg," could make NFL history after nearly doing so last season as the fourth-year punter is well on pace to capture the single season NFL record for best net punting average.

Morstead leads the NFL with a 44.7 net average, which is far more important than gross punt average which only accounts for how far he actually punted the ball. But Morstead is no slouch in gross punting average as he ranks second in the NFL booting the ball 50.3 yards per punt.

San Francisco's Andy Lee holds the single-season all-time record for best net punt average at 43.99 setting the record last season. Morstead does rank third all-time on the same list with a 43.11 net average in 2011.

"It would be pretty cool (to break Lee's record)," Morstead said. "It's kind of crazy to think about. The NFL is the greatest league in the world and has the best athletes in the world. A lot of great names have come through and it would be a pretty special honor. What's neat about it is that it's a team record. It's not how far I punted it's how far I punted minus how many return yards our team allowed. It's our punt team record. It's pretty cool."

Apparently Morstead has to break the all-time record in order to earn a Pro Bowl bid as Lee made last year's Pro Bowl while Morstead didn't make the trip to Honolulu even though he was the first alternate. It appears from his statistics and from the fan voting that Morstead is the front-runner to earn the Pro Bowl punting job.

Morstead led the NFC Pro Bowl voting at punter as of Dec. 12. The Pro Bowl voting ends Monday with the NFL announcing the roster Dec. 26.

"He's just one of those guys no different than Drew (Brees) or Darren (Sproles), I think Thomas when he comes in this building, he wants to be better and better and better," special teams coach Greg McMahon said recently. "I think 15 years from now, he's going to be like that. He's very rare in that. And, he works at his craft. He spends a lot of time studying it. He has a very good get off. He has a very good directional punt. ... He is definitely a weapon whether it's kicking off or punting. He's a good player."

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Boutte 12-17-2012 07:50 PM

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Best punter in the league. If he keeps it up he'll end his career as one the best ever.

hagan714 12-17-2012 08:15 PM

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only thing i want to see him improve is coffin corner kicks. it took an off year for the saints to let this guy punt. he is solid

lumm0x 12-17-2012 11:25 PM

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Makes up for that Erxleben debacle.

Crusader 12-18-2012 03:30 AM

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I was scratching my head when we picked him but he sure has been worthy of a draft pick.

Mardigras9 12-18-2012 08:44 AM

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"The Leg", hadn't heard that one. We here refer to him as Morestud!!!!

NuNu318 12-18-2012 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Mardigras9 (Post 466164)
"The Leg", hadn't heard that one. We here refer to him as Morestud!!!!

Actually I follow him on twitter and the writer has it wrong. I've seen most fans including myself refer to him as Legatron.

Stealthman 12-19-2012 06:16 AM

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Sidebar: Punters still don't get their props as they ought.

Ray Guy is still not enshrined in Canton, OH.

Anyway... great article about "The Leg!"

:bng:

QBREES9 12-19-2012 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Stealthman (Post 466454)
Sidebar: Punters still don't get their props as they ought.

Ray Guy is still not enshrined in Canton, OH.

Anyway... great article about "The Leg!"

:bng:


Best Punter in the league hands down.

Rugby Saint II 12-20-2012 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Crusader (Post 466116)
I was scratching my head when we picked him but he sure has been worthy of a draft pick.

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we give up two picks for him?
Regardless, I'm glad he's signed long term.


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