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2012 Jets Unsung Hero: Robert Malone

By Alan Schechter

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets punter Robert Malone (3) gets off a punt as Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore (54) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

In a year when your team goes 6-10, it’s tough to identify great performers, as there aren’t many to find. There are the obvious ones, like Antonio Cromartie, and Jeremy Kerley. There are the steady guys, such as Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and David Harris. There are the new Jets that stole the show, such as LaRon Landry. But, many don’t pay attention to the punter. For the Jets, he was a diamond in the rough. Robert Malone was an excellent weapon, and the numbers tell the story. Let me show you.

Out of regular punter, Robert Malone has the 5th lowest percentage of punts returned, with 36.9%. He also had the 5th most punts that were fair caught with 24, and the 5th most punts out of bounds with 11. 27 of Malone’s punts resulted in the opposing team starting inside their own 20 yard line. With 5.5 seconds, he had the second longest hang time of any punter in the sport. What does this all tell us? That Robert Malone is one of the best at pinning Jets’ opponents deep on their side of the field, which is an excellent weapon when your own offense can’t score against a high school team.

Imagine how good Malone would have been if the offense could actually score points!