Lee Sets Panthers Franchise Record with 76-Yard Punt

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 9, 2016

CORRECT THAT LEE WAS HOLDER, INSTEAD OF KICKER - Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36) celebrates a Carolina Panthers missed field goal as holder Andy Lee (8) looks away during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos won 21-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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Carolina Panthers punter Andy Lee broke the franchise record for longest punt during Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, with his 76-yarder besting the old record of 73, set by Todd Sauerbrun back in 2011, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While clearly aided by the thin Denver air, Lee impressively booted the ball that far without any assistance from a bounce.

With Carolina facing a 4th-and-10 from its own 11-yard line midway through the quarter, Lee hit an absolute boomer that was caught by Broncos wide receiver/return man Jordan Norwood at the Denver 13-yard line.

Though he obviously had some room to run, Norwood only managed 11 yards on the return, bringing the ball up to the 24-yard line.

The switch in field position then got even worse than the Broncos could have imagined, as a holding penalty on the play pushed the ball back to the 14-yard line.

Lee's big night wasn't just about the one punt, either, as he finished the game with a 63-yard average on four attempts, albeit with a pair of touchbacks.

Interestingly enough, Carolina just traded for the 34-year-old last Monday, responding to a preseason injury suffered by the team's former punter, Mike Scifres.

Not wanting to take any big risks with a roster that otherwise lacks many holes, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman traded rookie punter Kasey Redfern and a 2014 fourth-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Lee.

So far, so good.

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