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Thompson glad punter search over

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 7, 2012 – 1:59 pm

When the Packers surprisingly cut Jon Ryan following training camp in 2008, the search for a punter was on. For the next two seasons, Derrick Frost and Jeremy Kapinos held the job, but barely. In 2010, Tim Masthay and Chris Bryan competed for the position in training camp, with Masthay emerging as the winner.

There likely won’t be another punting competition in training camp anytime soon, now that Masthay has signed a multi-year contract extension. He has been the Packers’ punter for the past two seasons and has done nothing but improve, which has obviously been noticed by GM Ted Thompson.

“What was impressive to me was his continued growth,” Thompson said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday, discussing the decision to give Masthay a long-term deal. “He didn’t stop with just winning the job. He wants to be really good, and he works at his craft. He’s extraordinary in the strength and conditioning portion of our organization, and we’re glad to have him.

“It’s like a lot of things, if you have one, then you don’t necessarily think it’s so important, until you don’t have one, and we’re glad that we’ve got him.”

Thompson also likes what he has seen so far in the transition to veteran center Jeff Saturday, who was the most notable free-agent signing in the offseason. The Packers needed a center after Scott Wells signed with St. Louis, and Saturday was brought in after more than a decade as Peyton Manning’s QB in Indianapolis.

“He kind of fits in like a gently worn baseball glove,” Thompson said of Saturday. “He has a lot of respect from the locker room because of his tenure and because of the way he plays the game. He applies himself, the smarts and the toughs and the nuances of playing the position, he does all that.”

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10 Responses to “Thompson glad punter search over”

  1. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Masthay has been doing an excellent job! No surprise there.

  2. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    I think I could be a good punter too! I’ve been telling myself for years how I love my foot on balls! Right Big Cheese? Yep that’s right! Thanks for backing me up!

  3. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Has anybody seen my chicken? He was with me when I got here. Wait a minute…..I bet I know what happened. That Big Cheese dude probably put his provolone on it and made a sandwich, cuz I’ll guarantee you he’s fat. Hey you big jerk….give me back my chicken!

  4. By Kevin on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    all kidding aside, this guy was the MVP of the Nfc championship game vs the bears. he pinned them inside the 20 multiple times and did not let hester hurt the packers in any way.

  5. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Yeh Kevin, he did a fantastic job in that game. It was definitely one of the reasons they won. By the way, have you seen my chicken?

  6. By Lombardiwasgay on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Well, the Pack are set at punter. Now the last peice to a dynasty is complete. Way to go Packers. You got a punter!!! Freakin morons

  7. By HollowsPack on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Look at the haters that troll the GB page. Its kinda sad u guys, your teams suck so bad you have to hate on ours. Congrats.

  8. By Buddy G on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Log, this dynasty was complete long before you were in Diapers. Oh I’m sorry, from your comments, you still are!!!!

  9. By LombardisBoy on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Masthay has gotten better each season…he never fails and can drop a ball deep (on mark) almost every time. He is currently ranked the #1 punter in the NFL preseason…hope he keeps up the great booting!

  10. By Aussie G on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I heard Tim say that he changed his style of punting to the aussie technique(AFL)and now his hard work has paid off. Well done Tim! GO PACK GO

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