The 2019 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2018 roster. It’s time to start figuring out what this team needs to do to get back to the Super Bowl. Today we’ll continue this roster outlook series by looking at the punter position.
Regular season stats: 61 punts (21st), 48.1 average (4th), 42.7 net average (t-3rd), 68 long (t-7th), 6.3 yards allowed per punt return (6th), 32 inside the 20-yard line (14th), 0 blocked punts, 7 touchbacks (t-29th), 4.15 average hang time (tied for 29th), 1 special teams tackle
Playoff stats: 10 punts, 46.7 average, 45.9 net average, 6 inside the 20-yard line, 4.29 average hang time
Review: There was talk about the Eagles bringing in some competition for Johnston last offseason but it never happened. To his credit, Johnston punted well in the summer to earn his roster spot. Johnston continued to flash power in the regular season; he ended up finishing fourth in net average. Johnston’s most memorable highlight of the season was when he tackled Alvin Kamara (see below). For an even MORE comprehensive review of Johnston’s 2018 performance, [CLICK HERE].
'Super Fly' Cameron Johnston with the Suplex Slam on Alvin Kamara!#PlayOfTheGame#Eagles #FlyEaglesFly #PHIvsNO #Saints #SurvivorSeries #eaglestalk #EaglesNation #eaglesvssaints pic.twitter.com/dfmSTdemN1— Edge Of Philly Sports (@EOPsports) November 19, 2018
Outlook: Johnston is under contract for 2019 so he’ll likely be the team’s punter again in 2019. The Eagles will hope the Aussie can improve on his hang time and touchbacks; he was near the bottom of the league in those categories last season. Having a strong leg is nice and all but Johnston will aim to improve his directional kicking.
Cameron Johnston: Stay or go?
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If there’s a really good punting prospect available in undrafted free agency, it wouldn’t hurt to bring them in. I’d guess the Eagles let Johnston run unopposed, though.