Former All Star QB Having a Great Year In Oakland
While no one can deny that we love our punter, we are proud to have him, and he is the best in the league, some would argue that the fact he punts 5.75 times per game is too much action for an NFL punter.
Lechler is averaging an NFL record 52.3 yards per punt, with a net of 44.9. Only two punters in NFL history have averaged 50 yards per punt, one was Slingin' Sammie Baugh and the other was Donnie Jones, who averaged 50.0 yards last year.
In his NFL record-setting season, which was only 11 games, Sammie Baugh averaged 51.4 yards per punt on 35 attempts.
Lechler said, "It's funny, you look at those records and you see the numbers and you're like, 'Were their calculations right then? You guys serious? How close were you guys watching this because these numbers are amazing.'"
Lechler does currently hold the career record with a 47.1 yards per average, but is really high on this record, and has looked to take it since his first year in the league. "He was a hell of a player, man," Lechler said. "It kind of reminds you of one of those old Texas high school football players that used to play the whole game."
Lechler has taken the field 46 times in only 92 offensive drives for Oakland's 32nd ranked offense. Lechler currently has 26 punts of more than 50 yards, tied for the league lead in that category.
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