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Britton Colquitt has an above-average salary for a punter. Do his numbers support his paycheck?
It’s no secret that I have been critical of Britton Colquitt’s performance (here, here and here). Last season he was the second-highest paid punter in the league, but his performance was severely lacking compared to other highly-compensated punters across the NFL. This year he is making about half of what he made last season ($2.35 million, according to spotrac.com), but he is still the 11th highest paid punter. So is he earning his paycheck in 2015?
There are three things that a punter is trying to attain on every punt:

1. Hang Time – Keeping the ball in the air for as long as possible. This allows your coverage team to get down the field and minimize return yardage.
2. Accuracy – Placing the ball where you want it. We will measure this by how often punters get punts downed inside the 20, 15, 10 and 5 yard lines.
3. Distance – being able to “flip the field” makes any punter a weapon. Guys who can routinely hit 50+ yard punts are true assets to their teams.
Comparing NFL punters through 12 games
Avg is the gross average while net avg is total punt distance minus return yardage divided by total number of punts. Precision Punt Percentage (PPP) is percentage of punts downed inside the 10 minus percentage of punts that end as touchbacks. It measure how good a punter is at putting balls inside the 10 either in the air (via fair catch), on a roll or angled so that they go out of bounds inside the 10 (the coffin-corner punt which few punters attempt any more).
Team
Punts
Lng
Avg
Net Avg
%in20
%in15
%in10
%in5
%TB
PPP
FC%
Rams
74
68
48.6
43.8
53%
24%
18%
6.8%
6.8%
10.8%
20%
Colts
61
61
48.5
42.8
46%
26%
28%
8.2%
6.6%
21.3%
26%
Ravens
54
67
48.3
44.5
44%
26%
11%
7.4%
3.7%
7.4%
19%
Falcons
46
69
47.7
41.2
41%
28%
15%
6.5%
4.3%
10.9%
26%
Dolphins
70
70
47.4
39.8
43%
20%
13%
2.9%
11.4%
1.4%
17%
Browns
58
67
47.3
40.4
50%
33%
16%
1.7%
6.9%
8.6%
21%
Bills
63
65
46.9
42.3
32%
22%
13%
3.2%
3.2%
9.5%
27%
Texans
75
64
46.8
38.3
48%
17%
9%
2.7%
14.7%
-5.3%
15%
Titans
62
61
46.6
38.5
37%
29%
15%
4.8%
1.6%
12.9%
27%
Chiefs
56
62
46.2
42.8
55%
41%
27%
7.1%
5.4%
21.4%
23%
Jaguars
61
63
46.2
38.1
43%
25%
15%
1.6%
6.6%
8.2%
30%
Lions
64
66
46.1
41.9
30%
16%
9%
3.1%
3.1%
6.3%
25%
Eagles
68
64
45.7
41.5
49%
28%
10%
4.4%
10.3%
0.0%
24%
Panthers
54
65
45.5
39.4
41%
22%
7%
0%
7.4%
0.0%
26%
Cowboys
49
61
45.4
42.2
45%
31%
14%
8.2%
2.0%
12.2%
39%
Giants
56
64
45.3
39.5
55%
34%
20%
5.4%
8.9%
10.7%
29%
Seahawks
57
70
45.3
37.8
53%
28%
14%
1.8%
10.5%
3.5%
32%
49ers
70
62
44.7
40.0
37%
19%
7%
2.9%
4.3%
2.9%
17%
Patriots
53
67
44.7
39.2
55%
28%
13%
1.9%
3.8%
9.4%
17%
Saints
55
58
44.7
40.1
45%
20%
11%
5.5%
5.5%
5.5%
20%
Washington
53
63
44.6
38.6
40%
21%
15%
3.8%
7.5%
7.5%
17%
Chargers
53
68
44.3
37.5
28%
17%
8%
3.8%
1.9%
5.7%
19%
Bears
58
72
44.2
39.4
48%
19%
9%
1.7%
5.2%
3.4%
26%
Bengals
47
67
44
40.5
43%
30%
23%
14.9%
4.3%
19.1%
28%
Broncos
67
62
43.6
39.3
33%
19%
10%
3.0%
7.5%
3.0%
19%
Raiders
54
70
43.5
39.5
59%
37%
26%
9.3%
7.4%
18.5%
20%
Jets
63
68
43
35.8
40%
25%
19%
1.6%
3.2%
15.9%
19%
Packers
61
62
42.9
39.0
41%
23%
11%
1.6%
6.6%
4.9%
15%
Buccaneers
40
56
42.5
37.9
40%
23%
13%
0.0%
7.5%
5.0%
18%
Steelers
45
79
42.1
38.3
44%
36%
24%
11.1%
2.2%
22.2%
36%
Vikings
52
61
41.7
37.8
52%
27%
13%
1.9%
7.7%
5.8%
29%
Cardinals
44
58
41.6
36.0
55%
25%
16%
9.1%
11.4%
4.5%
32%

In terms of gross average this year, Britton Colquitt is currently 25th in the league at 43.6. Because our punt coverage has been above average this season, he is 19th in net punt average at 39.3 – this is 5.2 yards per punt behind the league leader, Sam Koch of the Ravens.  One interesting thing to note about punt length is that seven out of the ten teams at the bottom of the league are almost certainly going to the playoffs this year ( … – Click Here To Visit Article Source