Daniel Sepulveda & Steelers Punt Coverage Team Off To A Good Start

Lost in the Steelers 5-2 start this year is the play of punter Daniel Sepulveda and the Steelers punt coverage teams. Through 7 games Sepulveda has punted 24 times for a 46.8 average. That his currently 3 full yards better than his career average of 43.8. His net average thus far is 39.4 and that too is better than his career net average of 38.3.

Sepulveda has had the one block against the Titans however, the first of his career, but has dropped 8 inside the opponents 20 with 4 of them being downed and 2 being fair caught. He also has a career long this year of 66 and three in total over 60 yards. Unfortunately the 66 yarder was a touchback.

Of the 7 punts that have been returned, the Steelers coverage unit has only allowed 36 return yards for a 5.1 average. Outstanding. Leading the way in tackles on the returns is rookie cornerback Curtis Brown with 3. Fellow rookie cornerback Cortez Allen has 1 of the other 4 tackles.

Although not a punt, we also can credit Sepulveda for the excellent fake punt pass to Ryan Mundy for 33 yards against the Titans.

If you take out the blocked punt, the opposition has a starting field position of 22.7 this season on 24 punts. Unfortunately though you can\’t take the good without the bad so including the block, the opposition has an average starting field position of 24.3.

Below are the punt by punt stats this year for the Steelers:

OPPLOS TOLENGTH RESULTRET YDS GROSSPEN NETFPOS PLAYER
BLT BLT 43BLT EZ43TBACK0 23N23BLT 20 N/A
BLT PIT 27BLT 1657DOWN0 57N57BLT 16 29-R.Mundy
BLT PIT 29BLT 2447FCATCH0 47N47BLT 24 N/A
BLT PIT 20BLT 1664DOWN0 64N64BLT 16 29-R.Mundy
SEA PIT 34SEA EZ66TBACK0 46N46SEA 20 N/A
SEA PIT 16SEA 3648RETURN0 48N48SEA 36 55-S.Sylvester
SEA PIT 39SEA EZ61TBACK0 41N41SEA 20 N/A
IND IND 40IND 1030FCATCH0 30N30IND 10 N/A
IND IND 45IND EZ45TBACK0 25N25IND 20 N/A
IND PIT 37IND 2637RETURN2 37Y45IND 18 31-C.Brown
HST PIT 48HST 646DOWN0 46N46HST 6 29-R.Mundy
HST PIT 15HST 4243RETURN1 43Y52HST 33 50-L.Foote
HST PIT 18HST 2755RETURN13 55N42HST 40 31-C.Brown
HST PIT 9HST 3358RETURN3 58N55HST 36 31-C.Brown
TEN PIT 43TEN 948RETURN10 48N38TEN 19 50-L.Foote 60-G.Warren
TEN PIT 37PIT 30-7BLOCK30 0Y0PIT 37 N/A
JAX PIT 35JAX 2243DOWN0 43N43JAX 22 60-G.Warren
JAX JAX 45JAX EZ45TBACK0 25N25JAX 20 N/A
JAX PIT 35JAX 1055RETURN7 55N48JAX 17 28-C.Allen
JAX PIT 33JAX 2146OBOUNDS0 46N46JAX 21 N/A
JAX PIT 29JAX 4823OBOUNDS0 23N23JAX 48 N/A
JAX PIT 33JAX 2344FCATCH0 44N44JAX 23 N/A
ARZ ARZ 43ARZ 736DOWN0 36N36ARZ 7 94-L.Timmons
ARZ PIT 25ARZ 4233FCATCH0 33Y43ARZ 42 N/A
ARZ PIT 40ARZ 1149FCATCH0 49N49ARZ 11 N/A

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  • Joe D

    shhhhssshhhhh
    He might jinx him and he gets hurts…