All NFC East: Punters and Kickers

All NFC East: Punters and Kickers
June 16, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Who is the best kicker or punter in the NFC East?

If you could build an All-NFC East team for 2014, which players would you choose? Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed the candidates and made our picks, position-by-position. 

Today, we’re debating punters and kickers and we’ll wrap up the series Tuesday with quarterbacks. Here are your choices:

K Dan Bailey, Cowboys

Why choose him?

The 26-year-old was the fourth most accurate kicker in the NFL in 2013, connecting on 93.3 percent of his field goal attempts, including 11 of 12 from 40 to 49 yards out. Bailey also notched 52 touchbacks, also fourth best.

K Kai Forbath, Redskins

Why choose him?

Two years ago, the 26-year-old posted the best field goal percentage in the league, connecting on 94.4 percent of his attempts. Last season, an injury and other factors caused that number to slide to 81.8 percent, though he finished strong, making his final 13 field goals. If Forbath ever gets his kickoff game together, he could be one of football’s best.

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P Chris Jones, Cowboys

Why choose him?

The 24-year-old put 30 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, which was tied for eighth most. He’s left-footed, which adds to the degree of difficulty for returners attempting to read ball spin. He’s also Bailey’s reliable holder on field goals.

P Donnie Jones, Eagles

Why choose him?

The 10-year veteran set a franchise record for net punting average (40.5 yards) and downed a career-best 33 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (tie for fourth best). Also kicks left-footed.

El-Bashir’s picks: I’m going with Bailey (for his accuracy on FGs and hang time on KOs) and Donnie Jones (for his experience and ability to pin opponents deep in their own end).

Your picks: Let us know whom you would choose as your All-NFC East punter and kicker in the comments section. If you feel we have forgotten someone, we will consider write-in candidates.

Tuesday: Quarterbacks. (This ought to be fun.)