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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:

OPP LOS TO LENGTH RESULT RET YDS GROSS PEN NET FPOS PLAYER
BLT BLT 43 BLT EZ 43 TBACK 0 23 N 23 BLT 20 N/A
BLT PIT 27 BLT 16 57 DOWN 0 57 N 57 BLT 16 29-R.Mundy
BLT PIT 29 BLT 24 47 FCATCH 0 47 N 47 BLT 24 N/A
BLT PIT 20 BLT 16 64 DOWN 0 64 N 64 BLT 16 29-R.Mundy
SEA PIT 34 SEA EZ 66 TBACK 0 46 N 46 SEA 20 N/A
SEA PIT 16 SEA 36 48 RETURN 0 48 N 48 SEA 36 55-S.Sylvester
SEA PIT 39 SEA EZ 61 TBACK 0 41 N 41 SEA 20 N/A
IND IND 40 IND 10 30 FCATCH 0 30 N 30 IND 10 N/A
IND IND 45 IND EZ 45 TBACK 0 25 N 25 IND 20 N/A
IND PIT 37 IND 26 37 RETURN 2 37 Y 45 IND 18 31-C.Brown
HST PIT 48 HST 6 46 DOWN 0 46 N 46 HST 6 29-R.Mundy
HST PIT 15 HST 42 43 RETURN 1 43 Y 52 HST 33 50-L.Foote
HST PIT 18 HST 27 55 RETURN 13 55 N 42 HST 40 31-C.Brown
HST PIT 9 HST 33 58 RETURN 3 58 N 55 HST 36 31-C.Brown
TEN PIT 43 TEN 9 48 RETURN 10 48 N 38 TEN 19 50-L.Foote 60-G.Warren
TEN PIT 37 PIT 30 -7 BLOCK 30 0 Y 0 PIT 37 N/A
JAX PIT 35 JAX 22 43 DOWN 0 43 N 43 JAX 22 60-G.Warren
JAX JAX 45 JAX EZ 45 TBACK 0 25 N 25 JAX 20 N/A
JAX PIT 35 JAX 10 55 RETURN 7 55 N 48 JAX 17 28-C.Allen
JAX PIT 33 JAX 21 46 OBOUNDS 0 46 N 46 JAX 21 N/A
JAX PIT 29 JAX 48 23 OBOUNDS 0 23 N 23 JAX 48 N/A
JAX PIT 33 JAX 23 44 FCATCH 0 44 N 44 JAX 23 N/A
ARZ ARZ 43 ARZ 7 36 DOWN 0 36 N 36 ARZ 7 94-L.Timmons
ARZ PIT 25 ARZ 42 33 FCATCH 0 33 Y 43 ARZ 42 N/A
ARZ PIT 40 ARZ 11 49 FCATCH 0 49 N 49 ARZ 11 N/A

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