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Old 03-21-2013   #52
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Default Re: Shane Lechler to visit Texans

FWIW, the reason the "passing the physical" was mentioned specifically, in the 2012 offseason, Lechler had an "undisclosed" left knee arthroscopy and missed TC on the "non-football injury list." He missed the first 2 preseason games. However subsequently went on to play in the 3rd and 4th and all 16 regular season games quite commendably.

An interesting ESPN piece from August 2012:

Punter Ranks: Shane Lechler No. 1 (the rest of the top rankings are analyzed within the link)
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Like with kickers, this is not a glamorous position and they are often only noticed when they screw something up. But having a great punter like Shane Lechler or Andy Lee can be a fantastic way to dominate field position with a booming punt or great directional punting to pin the opponent deep in their own end. A great punter can be a defense's best friend. And, for that matter, an offense's too.

Think about it. If you pin an opponent deep with a punt and hold them defensively, you gain field position while your offense sits on the sidelines. Combine a great punter with a big-legged kicker and it can add more than a few field goals to a team's point total by the end of the season.

Unlike with kickers though, punters need to be very good athletes. It can be a huge help with wayward snaps, trick plays and potentially making a game-saving tackle as the last layer of defense. All of those elements figure into the rankings below.
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Shane Lechler

Lechler is a strong-legged punter who has learned how to be an accurate one as well, trying to hit the coffin corners or getting extra hang time on shorter punts.

He is a right-footed, three-step punter with excellent mechanics and a high follow through. He can speed up his motion when under pressure. He has solid hands and holds for field goals and PAT attempts.
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