Packers 2017 Recap: P Justin Vogel
The Packers’ third punter in three years, Justin Vogel entered 2017 hoping to just make the roster. Instead, he gave the Packers the best season they’ve had from a punter in a long time.
- Appeared in 16 games
- Punted 71 times, averaging 44.1 yards per punt with a net average of 41.6
Expectations going into the season: Low
Expectations were: Exceeded
Analysis: Vogel’s rookie season a resounding success
The Packers have had a bit of a revolving door at punter of late. Since 2015, three different players have handled those duties in Green Bay, and between Tim Masthay, Jacob Schum, and Justin Vogel, only Vogel has been anything approaching noteworthy.
In his first NFL season, Vogel posted the best net punting average in Packers’ history, managing 41.6 yards per punt on average. Though aided somewhat by the Packers’ excellent punt coverage crew, Vogel’s stats are impressive, especially since he deals with swirling winds and less-than-friendly temperatures most of the season.
Though he did struggle to consistently land punts inside the 20-yard line, his rookie effort was excellent, and for the first time in several years it seems like the Packers are comfortable with where they stand at punter.