Originally posted by 49erha:
Kicking and punting is a similar skill set. Why can't there be somebody who is good at both? I'm sure they are out there. I bring this up cause niners signed a kicker today and that got me thinking and I rememeber that when Akers got hurt our back up kicker( commentator said this but I can't confirm) was sopoaga. For kickoffs and extra points. Also that because Akers was hurt they could not kick a field goals. I'm sure I'm thinking why can't andy lee fill in he has a strong leg and I'm sure he has kicked before.
This would also save a roster spot and open up a game day roster spot.
I'm glad you asked this question. Now that the Niners just signed a reliable veteran kicker, they may not take one in the draft. BUT I was just wondering... why not take one late in the draft for back up (one with a little experience at punting)?
Since he won't be doing much on game day, couldn't he ALSO practice punts... in the event that Andy tweaks a hamstring or something, the rookie could fill in... maybe practice squad. Harbaugh likes versatility right
Todd Sauerbrun (SP) who played in the league not all that long ago did both in college at West Virginia and was quite good. In the NFL he just did kicking. Of note, he was also a douche bag in real life and I almost punched him out once when I was in college.
Somebody in here posted this link (Thanks BTW, IDK who) a while back and I saved it. This dude is more accurate with his leg than most NFL QBs are with their arm. Frikken, guy is sick... I wish the Niners had him!
At this level if you are on a team to perform a specialized task...you are the best of the best at what you do. You are so highly specialized that you are not spending time doing other things. Kickers and Punters are no more similiar than our long snapper is to our normal center. Or a Corner is to a Wide Reciever. Sure these guys could probably fill in at the spot...but they dont practice it, and there is likely a guy on the roster who is just as suited or better to fill in whether it be a backup, or a guy who did it in college..etc. Long story short, if they kicker was practicing punting..he wouldnt make as many kicks.
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