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Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2018: Special
liny195 Posted: Tue Jan 15 20:20:17 2019 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Teams Preview (Kicking Game) We continue our training camp preview on the Cleveland Browns by looking at the special teams units. In Part 1 [url=][/url] , we¡¯ll focus on the kicker, punter, and long snapper positions. In Part 2, we¡¯ll look at return man candidates and special teams aces.KickerKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports1. Zane Gonzalez - Returning KickerHeight: 6-0 | Weight: 202 lbs | Age: 23Experience: 2 years | College: Arizona StateZane Gonzalez did not have many field goal attempts as a rookie last year. He connected on 15-of-20 field goals and 25-of-26 extra points. Gonzalez¡¯ rough patch of the season came in Weeks 4-5, when he went 0-for-3. The rest of the season, he was 13-of-15.Leg strength isn¡¯t an issue for Gonzalez. His season long was 54 yards, and he never faced any issues on kickoffs. Gonzalez has the edge to begin this year¡¯s kicking competition due to being the returning player, but it¡¯s not very much of an edge. He will need to compete in this year¡¯s training camp just as he did last year against Cody Parkey, knowing that nothing is set in stone. There is also a new special teams coach with the club, which cuts some ties of allegiance he may have had from Chris Tabor.Final Roster Odds: 70%William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports2. Ross Martin - Competing KickerHeight: 5-9 | Weight: 187 lbs | Age: 25Experience: Rookie | College: DukeRoss Martin was an undrafted free agent in 2016 who first signed with the New York Jets. He competed in training camp with the Jets in 2016 and 2017, but didn¡¯t make the roster nor the practice squad either year. In 2016, Martin was 4-of-6 in the preseason on field goals and 1-of-2 on extra points, with a long of 55 yards. Last year, Martin was 4-of-5 on field goals in the preseason and 2-of-2 on extra points.The fun part of Martin¡¯s story is that he is a local kid, growing up in Solon, OH and attending Walsh Jesuit High School before going to college at Duke. Here is a shot of Martin a week ago showing that he can stick it from 69 yards out:Final Roster Odds: 30%PunterKirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports1. Britton Colquitt - Veteran PunterHeight: 6-3 | Weight: 210 lbs | Age: 33Experience: 9 years | College: TennesseeBritton Colquitt finished with a career high in punting average last year (47.6 yards per punt). His net average of 40.6 yards per punt was the second best of his career. Punters age well, so the fact that this will be his ninth year in the NFL isn¡¯t a bad thing [url=]White Damarious Randall Jersey[/url] , and he¡¯s still under contract through 2020.The primary thing that could cost Colquitt his job is an injury. He did miss minicamp to injury, but the team labeled it as a very minor knee injury, and that he was expected to be ready for the start of camp. He does face some competition this year in the form of a punter who punted all season last year with Green Bay.Final Roster Odds: 90%Jim Matthews-USA TODAY Sports2. Justin Vogel - Veteran PunterHeight: 6-5 | Weight: 220 lbs | Age: 24Experience: 2 years | College: MiamiIn early May, the Browns claimed Justin Vogel from the Green Bay Packers. Vogel was an undrafted free agent out of Miami in 2017 who signed with the Packers. He played in all 16 games for them, logging 71 punts and setting a franchise record with a 41.6 net average.Why did the Packers move on from of Vogel? They wanted to give him a shot to catch on elsewhere after the front office decided to spend a fifth-round draft pick this year on P JK Scott. He also had some good hang time, per Pro Football Focus:If Vogel lights it up in camp compared to Colquitt, it wouldn¡¯t be unheard of for the youngster to unseat the veteran. I¡¯m not counting on it, though.Final Roster Odds: 10%Long SnapperScott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports1. Charley Hughlett - Veteran Long SnapperHeight: 6-4 | Weight: 248 lbs | Age: 28Experience: 4 years | College: Central FloridaThree full seasons completed in his tenure with the Browns, and Charley Hughlett hasn¡¯t had the yips yet. He is under contract through the 2022 season. I¡¯d be curious to ask a former NFL long snapper how often they snapped during the offseason to make sure they remained picture perfect in their craft. It is a high pressure position to play; any other position can afford to have a gaffe every now and then, but one miscue by a long snapper and they instantly turn into a goat.Final Roster Odds: 100% Dolphins coach Adam Gase won't be shopping elsewhere for his backup to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill."It's going to be one of those two guys," Gase said after watching Brock Osweiler and David Fales split the playing time in Miami's final preseason game.Osweiler enjoyed the more impressive final audition, leading three first-quarter touchdown drives in the Dolphins' 34-7 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.Osweiler completed each of his first six passes for 65 yards, including a 1-yard scoring pass to Buddy Howell , on Miami's opening drive. He added a 14-yard scoring pass to Francis Owusu on the final play of the third quarter.Osweiler said he didn't think Gase and his staff would need the preseason game to evaluate his potential as the team's backup."I think I've started enough games in this league to be able to see what I'm capable of doing, you know what I mean?" Osweiler said. "I don't think the coaches are going to look at just one game, but you'd have to ask them what they're really trying to look for."Osweiler completed 16 of 25 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Dolphins (1-3). He had 25 career starts in 42 games in six seasons with Denver and Houston before signing a one-year deal with Miami.Fales completed 13 of 20 passes for 94 yards and one interception.Gase was impressed by the first-half production of the offense, led by Osweiler [url=][/url] , Howell and running back Kalen Ballage, who had a 9-yard scoring run . Howell also ran for a touchdown."They had a good tempo going," Gase said. "They took advantage of some of the calls versus the coverages they ran. They got some explosive plays. It was good to see."Each team rested most starters in the final preseason game.The Falcons (0-4) had little offense with their starters, including quarterback Matt Ryan, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and wide receiver Julio Jones, watching on the sideline. Atlanta was held to nine first downs and 185 yards."Obviously not the night that we wanted and not the energy that is needed and certainly not the energy that our fans deserve," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.The Falcons also finished 0-4 in the 2017 preseason before advancing to the playoffs.Kurt Benkert played most of the game at quarterback and may have lost ground in his effort to win a roster spot behind Ryan and Matt Schaub. He threw two interceptions while completing only 10 of 25 passes for 103 yards.Benkert's first pass of the second half was intercepted by Jordan Lucas on a deflection off the hands of receiver Reggie Davis.Linebacker Stephone Anthony's interception of Benkert's pass late in the first quarter set up a 1-yard scoring run by Howell.A rare offensive highlight for Atlanta came late in the first quarter when Benkert completed a short pass to running back Malik Williams, who jumped over Lucas for a 16-yard gain. That possession ended when Williams was stopped on fourth down.Benkert's 13-yard pass to Devin Gray set up Williams' 8-yard scoring run with 25 seconds remaining in the half."That's the big back we were hoping to see when we saw him coming out of Louisville," said Quinn of Williams, an undrafted rookie.INJURIESDolphins WR Rashawn Scott suffered an ankle injury in the first half and did not return.For Atlanta, Williams and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson left in the second half with shoulder injuries.NATIONAL ANTHEMDolphins wide receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills embraced after each took a knee during the national anthem, continuing their protests of social injustice through the preseason. All Falcons players stood during the anthem.ROOKIE KICKERSMiami's Jason Sanders, competing with Greg Joseph in a competition of rookies, kicked a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.OPEN-AIR FOOTBALLMercedes-Benz Stadium's roof was open for the game. The roof was closed for every game after the Falcons' opener in the 2017 debut for the $1.5 billion stadium. The complicated camera lens-type design on the roof has been fine-tuned and is ready for more action this season.NEXT UPDolphins: Miami opens its regular season with a home game against Tennessee on Sept. 9.Falcons: Atlanta opens its season on Sept. 6 at Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the Falcons in the playoffs on their way to winning the Super Bowl. [url=][/url]


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