Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Meet the Newest Jet Punter: Reggie Hodges

The Jets today signed Reggie Hodges as the new punter. A former sixth round pick from Ball State, Hodges has punted in eight games in the NFL, all in 2005.

In three games with Philadelphia, he punted 19 times for 699 yards, a 36.8-yard average (33.5 net) with six punts inside the 20. In five games with St. Louis, he punted 22 times for 836 yards, a 38.0-yard average (31.0 net) with three inside the 20.

In other words, his numbers in limited time are pretty poor. Here's Eric Mangini on Hodges.

"With Hodges, we had a high grade on him coming out of college. We follow those guys based on their college grades to see how they've progressed, we've been to a couple of preseason camps and we've also worked some of these independent kicking clinics. We follow them pretty quickly.

"With Reggie, we've been watching his development over time and we've been pretty pleased with it. He came in yesterday and had an outstanding workout. Not that I've been to that many punter workouts, but it was pretty impressive."

"Reggie gives us some flexibility with kickoffs, PATs and field goals — he's functional in both those areas," Mangini said. "He has the ability to throw the football, which gives us some opportunities in terms of fakes."

In other news, punter Waylon Prather replaces Paul Raymond on the practice squad.

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