Of the several interesting training camp battles that are set to take place this year for the Pittsburgh Steelers at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe is the one between punters Jordan Berry and Will Monday. While Berry is the incumbent punter on the team, Monday is an intriguing undrafted free agent who was signed by the Steelers earlier in the offseason.
During his talk with the media on Friday ahead of the team’s first training camp practice, Monday said he was told that there will be “an open competition” for the punting job during the summer, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Overall, this is not surprising news as you would expect Monday to be told he has a fighting chance for a roster spot and especially as he only has one other player to beat out.
At Duke, Monday punted 260 times for 11,299 yards and a 46.46 yards per punt average. Additionally, he downed 88 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line against 33 touchbacks. He ended his college career with highest punting average in Duke history.
Berry, on the other hand, punted 59 times for 2,511 yards. He had posted a 42.6 yards per punt average with 39.1 net average. 28 of his punts were inside the opponent 20-yard line and he only had 2 touchbacks on the season. His long in 2015 was 79 yards.
Over the years, the Steelers have had a hard time finding a long term punter. Last year during training camp and the preseason, Berry won the open competition over Brad Wing, who was ultimately traded to the New York Giants just prior to the start of the regular season.
Rookie punter Will Monday said he was told its "an open competition" for the job w/incumbent Jordan Berry
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— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2016