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Subject: Re: punters as holders

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Date Posted: 21:53:25 01/21/22 Fri
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Re: punters as holders" on 13:06:32 01/21/22 Fri

As noted, punters are accustomed to catching balls being snapped by the long snapper (itself a specialized position). Also, the kicking unit has to practice extensively on its own, so using a non-punter means a position player is away from his main practice group.

Position players are probably more likely to be injured than a punter performing their non-holder job, which means significant disruption in a critical routine if the position player has to be replaced as holder during a game.

Of course it might be argued that all of these points are undercut by some teams electing to use a fullback, WR, or backup QB, etc. But I think the trend in recent years has been pretty clear.

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