Ravens sign punter Palardy to com­plete 90-man ros­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Bal­ti­more Ravens an­nounced the sign­ing of punter Michael Palardy Satur­day.

The move com­pleted Bal­ti­more’s 90-man train­ing camp ros­ter.

Palardy was signed by the Pan­thers on April 4, but was waived on June 7 when Carolina brought in Mike Scifres.

“Here’s what I saw of Michael: I saw him warm­ing up on the other field in case we had enough time to do punt re­turns,” spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor Jerry Ros­burg said. “We ran out of time, so he was on the other field and I didn’t get to see him.”

Palardy has punted in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League and went to train­ing camp with the Oak­land Raiders and St. Louis Rams. He was named All-SEC at the Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee in 2013, when he led the na­tion with 33 punts that

OWINGS MILLS

landed in­side of the 20-yard line.

Palardy’s time with the Ravens is an au­di­tion to land a job as an NFL punter, even though ev­ery­one within the or­ga­ni­za­tion knows it won’t be in Bal­ti­more. That job be­longs safely to the Pro Bowler Sam Koch.

“We had him dur­ing mini­camp,” Ros­burg said. “What he re­ally liked about hav­ing Michael is that he’s a tal­ented guy, he’s a lefty — which is re­ally valu­able be­cause we play against a num­ber of lefty pun­ters in this league — and we want to help him as he helps us. He’s go­ing to help our re­turn­ers.

“Sam’s job is se­cure. We all un­der­stand that. In my view, he’s the best punter in the Na­tional Foot­ball League,” he con­tin­ued. “But also, we don’t want to have Sam be the JUGS Ma­chine for our re­turn­ers. We have young re­turn­ers who need rep­e­ti­tions, who need to catch real punts.”

Ros­burg sees the rela- tion­ship be­tween Palardy and the Ravens as mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. If Palardy per­forms well, es­pe­cially in Bal­ti­more’s up­com­ing pre­sea­son games, teams in need of a punter will no­tice.

“We have a young man here, Michael Palardy, who’s a le­git­i­mate NFL punter in his own right, and we’re try­ing to help him. We’re also get­ting a lot of of good, lefty reps from a real punter that will help our re­turn­ers,” Ros­burg said. “That’s a win-win for us.”

Palardy isn’t the only spe­cial­ist brought in at a seem­ingly un­winnable po­si­tion. Will Lutz, an un­drafted rookie out of Ge­or­gia South­ern, is tech­ni­cally com­pet­ing to be­come the Ravens’ place­kicker.

Bal­ti­more signed the sure-footed Justin Tucker, the sec­ond-most ac­cu­rate kicker in NFL his­tory, to a four-year con­tract that in­cluded $10.8 mil­lion guar­an­teed — the most money ever guar­an­teed to a kicker in league his­tory.

“Ob­vi­ously, when Justin signed his con­tract, we un­der­stood the con­se­quences for Will. We’re try­ing to help Will get a job in this league. We think he’s a very tal­ented kicker,” Ros­burg said. “I was happy for Justin, I was happy for Ozzie [New­some] and the per­son­nel depart­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the fans. But I was also happy for me and my fam­ily.”

Fol­low Sean Gro­gan on Twit­ter: @Sean_Ce­cilWhig

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

The Bal­ti­more Ravens com­pleted their 90-man ros­ter by sign­ing punter Michael Palardy on Satur­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.