Slowly becoming a fan favorite, bookie Ryan Wright had some great moments in his first season. The Vikings signed him as an undrafted rookie to compete with existing punter Jordan Berry; Amazingly, the novice beat the veteran. Berry was released just days before rosters were reduced to 53 players. Wright is getting credit not only among fans but also in the national media.
Ryan Wright Achieves Solid Punter Ranking
Position and player rankings are classic things to do in the quiet period before training camp begins. Justin Jefferson was recently taken off the top five receivers list and quarterback rankings are always an easy way to stir up some controversy.
An unusual ranking topic is bookmakers, but it doesn’t stop John Breech from CBS Sports To do it anyway. Vikings punter Wright is No. 10 on his list.
Brecht explained why it’s hard to rank players by position: “Almost every bookmaker in the NFL is asked to do his job differently: Some are asked to kick it out of bounds, some are asked to return the ball. are told to keep it near the sideline without putting…it’s out of bounds, some are told to boot the ball as far as possible while others are told to shoot for a bigger hang time so that the returner is forced to make a fair catch. When kicking near the end zone, some are said to attempt a coffin corner kick, while others will toss the ball high in the air, hoping It happened that it will sit inside 10.
Not only is Wright’s leg being praised, but his arm as well. He completed a fake punt when he connected with fellow rookie Jalen Naylor against the Saints in London.
As Brecht explained, punt average should always be taken with caution because field conditions and coaching points vary. However, he produced only one touchback despite having several punts close to the endzone and that touchback was on Naylor who attempted to down the ball inside the five-yard line.
It will be fun to see if Wright can improve and be more consistent in his second season and whether he can add some more highlight plays.
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