Packers 2016 Recap: P Peter Mortell
0 punts, 0 yards, 0.0 average
Expectations going into the season: Low
Expectations were: Not Met
Analysis: A nice story, but a short one
Tim Masthay was anything but spectacular at punter for the Packers in 2015, and conventional wisdom would indicate that he needed a challenge in training camp.
He got it in the form of Peter Mortell, a Green Bay native with deep ties to the Packers.
Mortell’s father and grandfather both worked as clock operators at Lambeau Field, and it seemed fitting that if anyone were to challenge for Masthay’s job, it would be someone like Mortell.
It didn’t work out that way, though. Mortell punted well; his stats were better than Masthay’s in the three exhibition games in which he kicked, but Masthay was more consistent in practice. As a result, Mortell was cut during the first roster reduction and didn’t sign with another NFL team.
It may be a small solace, though, that Masthay didn’t make the final roster, either. He was cut in favor of Jacob Schum shortly before the Packers’ first game, effectively rendering the preseason punting battle a wash.