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Ranking the NFL’s top 10 punters entering 2023 season: Chiefs and Seahawks punters take the top two spots
One of the most important statistics for a punter is net yards per kick, and during the 2022 season, Way ranked seventh in the NFL with an average of 43 yards per punt. That’s an impressive number, considering Way was asked to punt the ball 83 times last season, which was tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.
In both 2020 and 2021, Way ranked in the top five in yards per punt, which wasn’t surprising, given how he’s been kicking the ball over the course of his career. Since entering the NFL in 2014, Way has slowly turned into one of the best punters in the league. In 2018, not only did the lead the league in punts inside the 20, but he was also the only full-time punter in the NFL who didn’t kick a touchback. In 2020, he only kicked three touchbacks, making him one of just three punters who had three or less touchbacks on 60 or more punts.
Last season, Way put 44.6% of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, which was the sixth-best percentage in the NFL. With Way punting sky-high kicks, the Commanders only surrendered 6.4 yards per punt return last season, which was tied for the fourth-best number in the NFL.
With a little over two weeks remaining until training camp begins, it’s the perfect time to begin analyzing Washington’s 90-man roster. The Commanders drafted seven players and signed 12 more undrafted free agents. Not all of these rookies will make Washington’s 53-man roster.
2023 Cash vs. Cap Spending – OverTheCap.com
I went back and looked at every team’s average amount spent from 2018 to 2022 and pegged that to the salary cap each year (making an adjustment for the covid year cap to bring it to a normal level). I then applied that percentage to this year’s salary cap to project a typical budget for each team. The following table breaks down each team’s estimated spend versus their current budget for their highest 60 paid players (this number includes salaries for unsigned rookies).
|Team||Avg. % of Cap Spent||Est. Budget||Current Spend||Remaining Budget|
Brian Robinson’s expectations for Year 2: Brian Robinson ended up leading the Commanders in rushing yards last season, but we never got to see him at his best because he had to recover from being shot twice in the leg. Now that he’s fully healthy, he’s starting to look more like the player that impressed coaches so much during last year’s training camp.
Jason Wright set to initially remain with Washington Commanders after Harris group takes over, source says
Jason Wright is expected to retain his job as president of the Washington Commanders, at least initially, after Josh Harris’ group takes over WFT, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Unlike wide receivers, the Commanders have not valued the tight end position like some other teams around the league have. Since taking over the team in 2020, Ron Rivera has not spent a top-100 pick on a tight end. The highest draft pick Rivera used on the position was the 124th overall pick (4th round) on John Bates in 2021.