Heading into training camp with the New York Jets, here is a review of last season, an outlook of 2017, and a Summer prediction for punter Lachlan Edwards.
Heading into training camp, punter Lachlan Edwards is looking good to bounce back from a decent rookie season with the New York Jets. As a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Edwards lived up to his hype for the most part with his ability to punt far and well. Unfortunately, he learned the hard way that life in the NFL isn’t always easy.
Whether it was rookie jitters or nerves getting the best of him, Edwards did have a number of punts that were messed up. Heck, he even caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown which upset fans of the Jets beyond words. Either way, it can be chalked up to growing pains as he enters his sophomore season.
Below is a training camp profile looking back to his 2016 campaign, an outlook for this upcoming season, and what might end up happening in training camp.
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2016 SEASON REVIEW
In 2016, Edwards totaled 75 punts for 3,059 yards with his longest being a 59-yarder. His yards per punt average was 40.8 which is a strength of his since again, he does have good power and velocity with his punts.
Besides those two hiccups he had in 2016 with a bad snap and fumble, it was a decent rookie season for Edwards.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Expect to see Edwards once again be the starting punter of the Jets and work on his overall accuracy. If he can continue having that kind of power to his punts but also be able to drop them inside the 20 or hopefully 10-yard line against the opposition, it would be a huge advantage for the Jets defense. It’s an area he’ll need to work on for the upcoming season.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
The Jets didn’t bring in any competition for Edwards heading into training camp. Barring any injury or a steep decline in play, he shouldn’t have any issues making his case to earn a starting spot on the final roster.