Well, that didn’t take long.
Just two days after taking Mississippi State punter Logan Cooke in the seventh and final round of the NFL Draft, the Jaguars have parted with their punter of the last two seasons, Brad Nortman. Nortman’s release will save the team approximately $2.5 million in salary cap money for 2018.
As for Cooke, he’s not a guy who will overwhelm you with his stats with the Bulldogs, as he was just eighth in SEC punting average in 2017 (42.7 yards). Over the course of his career at MSU, Cooke placed 60 of his 150 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
Another aspect that Jacksonville obviously considered is Cooke is a kickoff specialist (above), as well. In fact, he was probably better statistically in that area, as he had 43 of his 73 go for touch backs last season.
The Jaguars place kicking game was in flux last season with Josh Lambo eventually settling in after coming to the roster in mid-October after having been released by the L.A. Chargers. Ironically, Lambo beat the Chargers with a field goal in an overtime game last November.
Back to Nortman, he had kicked previously for Carolina for four years before coming to the Jags in 2016 on a four year $8.8 million free agent deal. He had a solid 46.6 yard average his first season, but that dipped to 44.1 avg. last season.
The club obviously felt that was too expensive for not enough results and made the draft move Saturday.
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