New Jets Spotlight, P Travis Baltz

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CONS:There isn’t much to go on here, but one point is that the hangtime is inconsistent. He does leave a few too many kicks at the line drive level, leaving openings for returns. Another is how he does his corner punts. He does get the ball out quickly, but if you notice, he turns pretty strongly with the body towards the corner he is kicking towards, which is a two-fold problem. One is the fact that if teams see that on tape, they will set their rush up in the direction of the sideline he is going to kick towards. Say they are on the left hash, the rush can watch that tape, and set themselves up to come after him from that side. It also gives the punter an extra beat with the football, giving the rush an extra fraction of time to get to him, and sometimes that fraction is all he needs. He gets it out quick, but this might give his kicks a chance to get blocked at the next level.

The bottom line is this kid can cook. TJ Conley didn’t have a great season in 2011, and Baltz will push him. This will be an interesting competition to watch this summer, as it will be anybody’s game.

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