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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Undrafted Rookie Specialists Signing Frenzy

In a typical year, the hours and days following the NFL draft see numerous undrafted free agents signed by teams. Courtesy of the Lockout, that process was delayed this year.

The following kickers and punters were among yesterday's signing frenzy.

Atlanta Falcons: punter Jacob Harfman (USC)

Buffalo Bills: kicker Chris Hazley (Virginia Tech)

Buffalo Bills: punter Reid Forrest (Washington State)
"It’s the NFL. You’re going to be in an uphill climb. Those guys don’t want to give up their job."
Chicago Bears: punter/kicker Spencer Lanning (South Carolina)
"It was a tough summer. With having to wait so long, you really couldn't make any kind of long-term plans. You didn't even want to go on any vacations that you couldn't get back from. It's been a nerve-wracking summer to say the least."
Cincinnati Bengals: kicker Thomas Weber (Arizona State)

Cleveland Browns: kicker Jeff Wolfert (Missouri)
[Although he's not a member of the class of 2011, the NCAA's second most accurate kicker of all-time finally gets his foot in the NFL door]. "Next stop on this journey....Cleveland! Reached a contract agreement 15 minutes ago!"
Dallas Cowboys: kicker Dan Bailey (Oklahoma State)
"It's hard to explain. You are waiting so long and everything gets monotonous and six hours in an afternoon it all changes. It's kind of baptism by fire.... I am excited. I think it is a good opportunity.... If it works out, great. If not, it's still a great experience."
Detroit Lions: punter Ryan Donahue (Iowa)

Houston Texans: punter Brett Hartmann (Central Michigan)

Indianapolis Colts: punter Travis Baltz (Maryland)

Jacksonville Jaguars: punter Brian Saunders (Virginia Tech)
"It’s something I’ve been waiting a long time for, and I guess it’s just a relief that this is going to all pay off. Hopefully I can go down there and show them what I’ve got and impress somebody.... They said that the punting job is wide open pretty much, and they said that they did not sign the punter that they had last year yet because we’re going to compete for the starting job and everything like that. We’re going to battle it out for several weeks."
Minnesota Vikings: kicker Nate Whitaker (Stanford)

New England Patriots: kicker Chris Koepplin (Massachusetts)

New Orleans Saints: kicker Jake Rogers (Cincinnati)

Philadelphia Eagles: punter Chas Henry (Florida)

Pittsburgh Steelers: punter Aaron Bates (Michigan State) 

Seattle Seahawks: kicker Web Byrum (Auburn)

Seattle Seahawks: punter John Gold (Texas)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: kicker Josh Jasper (LSU)
"As the lockout got done my agent said it was going to happen real fast," Jasper said. "I got down to Tampa Bay and Buffalo. I'm happy to be going to Tampa Bay."
Tennessee Titans: punter Chad Cunningham (Tennessee)

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