The New York Jets have waived punter Travis Baltz, seemingly handing the punting the job to incumbent T.J. Conley. The Jets weren't thrilled with how T.J. Conley performed last season and were hoping to bring in some competition, a la the current battle between Nick Folk and Josh Brown for the kicking job. The team announced the move this morning.
The New York Jets waived punter Travis Baltz after a rough performance on Friday night. Travis Baltz got off two punts, averaging 34.5 yards per punt. He sent one punt 41 yards and the other just 28 yards. Being that T.J. Conley averaged 42 yards per punt Friday night, it was pretty clear who the better punter is.
T.J. Conley still isn't extremely consistent, evidenced by his 25-yard shank job in the fourth quarter on Friday. He has the leg to be a very good punter, which he showed when he booted his first punt of the night 51 yards. He just doesn't seem consistent in his drop, which is disappointing for a punter who has spent a lot of time under the best special teams coach in the NFL, Mike Westhoff.
It remains to be seen whether the Jets decide to bring in another punter to compete or just hand the job over to T.J. Conley. If it the Jets do set T.J. Conley as the starter, they have to hope he can improve on his 42.7 yards per punt average from 2011. With the Jets relying heavily on their defense once again this season, field position is crucial and T.J. Conley will be a huge part of that weekly battle.
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