Steelers Punter Battle Already Being Called An ‘Interesting Competition’

A punter battle appears to be in full swing already during the Pittsburgh Steelers OTA practices.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls the early offseason battle between veteran Adam Podlesh and youngster Brad Wing an “interesting competition” right now through four practices.

Last year at this same time, Drew Butler was battling veteran Brian Moorman for the punting job, but when the smoke cleared, neither won the job as Zoltan Mesko was signed just prior to the start of the 2013 season following his release from the New England Patriots.

Mesko, however, gave way to veteran Mat McBriar in late October after being inconsistent and while McBriar was far from spectacular, he remained the Steelers punter for the remainder of the season.

Wing, who was signed to a futures contract during the offseason, has a strong leg and an equally strong attitude that apparently has hurt his reputation around the league already. Last year during the preseason, the LSU product punted eight times for a 40.6 average and a net average of 36.5 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, but it wasn’t enough to land him the starting job.

Podlesh, who was released by the Chicago Bears earlier in the offseason, ranked 33rd in the league in 2013 with 40.6 gross average. He was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Maryland.

Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith will be in charge of monitoring this battle closely for the remainder of the offseason and hopefully there will be a clear-cut winner much earlier this year.

  • shawn

    We have a talented loose cannon Punter going against a guy that was worse ranked 33rd out of 32 Teams lol …. wow … not very optimistic on this … this is really the best we can do ?

    Hoping that Wing has grown up and settled down and can showcase that talented strong leg of his !!

    Having a good punter is extremely underrated !

  • CW

    Interesting? I’d rather have Wing simply coming in and clinching the job by being both a decent teammate and a stellar punter to be honest.

    Sadly if he doesn’t I fear we are doomed to another punter carousel this season.

  • Matt Manzo

    James Harrison can punt, right?!

  • Jason White

    One thing is for certain, he can’t long snap. lol

  • Johnny Loose

    Bring back Drew Butler. His dad was on the 85 Bears enough said.

  • Kurt Williams

    Man, I never thought finding a quality punter would be as elusive as finding sasquatch.

  • John C

    What is the over/under on the # of punters we go through during this season?

  • steeltown

    Competition is essential

  • CW

    If only he had his father’s consistency.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I have to agree.

    Kicking yards are real yards. Cheaping out at punter seems like an especially bad idea.

  • Michael Pearce

    Look like its a Wing and a prayer this year. I’m hoping Wing wins the competition because I think his upside is better that Podlesh. We know what were getting in Podlesh, and it aint much.

  • Ike Evans

    Who cares if hes grown up? Hes a punter lol

  • We won a super bowl with Mitch Berger for crying out loud! Hopefully the offense does a good enough job to where the only thing the punter has to do is fetch water for the real football players.

  • Riverstko

    Pick Wing he went to high school a mile from where i live! lol

  • shawn

    well .. he needs to act appropriately and good enough not to get in trouble and get kicked off the team …. agreed ?

  • Ike Evans

    I guess….he’s a kicker….he could be a Axe murderer for all we know….they kick, they leave lol….we find a new one lol…its like the most transient position in sports….hmmm maybe a middle reliever in baseball

  • shawn

    lol … well as long as he keeps the bodies buried in the basement i dont really care !