Steelers Continue To Wing It With One Punter During Training Camp

With veteran punter Adam Podlesh still away from training camp as he awaits the birth of his child, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to wing it at Latrobe with just one punter.

Brad Wing, who was signed to the offseason roster way back in January, remains the Steelers lone punter in training camp until Podlesh returns. So far, the LSU product hasn’t received a lot of media attention and based on his past, that’s probably a good thing.

Alex Kozora has been timing Wing’s punt hang times during training camp practices whenever he has a chance and feels like the young punter might have a shot to beat out Podlesh for the job this year.

So what is a good hang time for a punter? According to Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman, who just so happened to be in training camp with the Steelers last year, it’s 4.5 seconds.

“It’s funny because it depends who you ask but when I first got in the league and our special teams coach was Danny Smith he told me 4.5 (seconds) was always the time so that number was always stuck in my head,” said Moorman in a January interview.

Hang time isn’t everything, however, as placement is sometimes just as important. While Wing might have a big leg, his accuracy might not be acceptable to some special teams coaches.

Just because Wing might be the only punter in camp right now, doesn’t guarantee him anything. In fact, based on what we saw transpire last year right before the start of the regular season, neither Wing nor Podlesh are guaranteed to be the Steelers punter in 2014.

Just ask the aforementioned Moorman, as both he and Drew Butler were both released from the Steelers after the final preseason game.

  • pittsburghjoe

    It sounds like hang time and placement are king and queen. I guess I always thought it was mostly about a big leg.

  • Michel Smiffi

    I think two of the most important skills as a NFL punter are to be able to pin the opponent deep inside their own 15 every time you punt from around midfield and to avoid big returns while still changing field position (punts of 45+ yards) while punting inside your own 40. So, hangtime and placement are at least as important as having a big leg. I play a lot of football as CB in Germany, and as a former soccer player, I’m very capable of driving a punt for about 40-50 yards downfield, but I’m not able to do that with any consistency or accuracy, so I would never have a chance as a punter.

  • Lizard72

    We can only hope for a game changing 60+ punt to change field position.

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  • steeltown

    Im rooting for Wing… kid has talent in spades

  • whisn

    sounds like one punter wants the job and the other would prefer to twiddle his thumbs sat at home

  • Madi

    Well that’s a stupid thing to say.

  • Michael Joseph

    Obviously hes not just home bc theyre having a kid. There are or were probably complications.