New punter Corey Bojorquez is an upgrade for the Green Bay Packers.
It felt inevitable that the Green Bay Packers would look to replace JK Scott as the punter at some point.
For all of Scott’s ability to punt a ball 50-plus yards, he also makes far too many mistakes and has struggled at times in the colder conditions in Green Bay.
The Packers didn’t keep a punter on their initial 53-man roster (actually a 52-man roster) on Tuesday, and for good reason. On the way is Corey Bojorquez, who the Los Angeles Rams announced they are trading to the Packers.
The Rams were in a great position with two quality punters on their roster. Rather than cutting Bojorquez, they were able to make a trade with the Packers. From Green Bay’s perspective, it was an easy way to improve at the position.
Bojorquez spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and he was excellent in 2020, receiving two All-Pro votes.
According to Pro Football Focus, among the top 32 qualifiers last season, Bojorquez led the NFL in yards per punt, was fifth in net, sixth in hangtime, and eighth in percentage of punts landing inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
That’s a significant upgrade over Scott, who has been frustratingly inconsistent during his time in Green Bay.
Special teams can often be overlooked by the fans, but it’s a vital part of the game. The benefit of a strong punting game is obvious. Being able to regularly pin the opposing offense deep inside their own territory helps win the field position battle, and that can have a huge impact in the game.
One has to wonder if the Packers will be in the market for a new long snapper, too, as Hunter Bradley hasn’t played well over the summer. That will be one to watch.