LET’S TALK ABOUT PUNTERS!
There has only been one punter on the Eagles’ roster since Donnie Jones retired months ago: Cameron Johnston. There was a lot of speculation about whether Johnston — an undrafted signee just a year ago — would actually do enough this offseason and preseason to earn a roster spot.
DID YOU SEE THE 81-YARD PUNT, THOUGH!?
Johnston didn’t exactly have a flawless performance in Thursday’s preseason game against the Steelers, but his punt heading into the fourth quarter was a beauty. Seriously though, he got about 70 yards through the air and 11 on the bounce, and that’s pretty damn good.
A penalty took this 81-YARD PUNT from Cameron Johnston off the box score, but this highlight still exists.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/sbzSwxPMQH— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 10, 2018
It shouldn’t be entirely surprising the Aussie punter out of Ohio State has some extra power behind his kicks based on these pre-training camp pics. #SwolePunter
Training camp is nearly here, last workout and DEXA Scan in at Grandview Pro Fitness, best training facility in Columbus! pic.twitter.com/CLe6zQYhPt— Cameron Johnston (@Cam_Johnston) July 23, 2018
I have stanned for Johnston making the final 53-man roster since last season, but with Jones out and no one else to compete with, the Buckeye is making a pretty good case to keep the position.
He’s still got some work to do, but the talent and power is all there, and was on full display in Week 1 of the preseason.
“Wow, I thought, overall, pretty decent job for the first time,” said Doug Pederson. “He had, of course, what was it? 80 yards, 81-yard punt that was extremely high and far, and that’s what he can do. He’s got a lot of leg talent. We continue to work with him. But I thought, overall, he did a nice job for his first time out.”