Ty Lengthy was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia the place he prepped for Roswell Excessive Faculty as a stud kicker and punter.
In his senior season in 2010, Lengthy was named to the Kohl’s Skilled Kicking Camp All-American Workforce after connecting on 14-of-21 discipline targets with a protracted of 52. As a punter, Lengthy averaged a really wholesome 48 yards throughout 38 punts. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Area 6-AAAAA First Workforce by the Georgia Soccer Day by day and the All-North Fulton Workforce by the ATL Journal-Structure.
After committing to play on the College of Alabama-Birmingham, Lengthy wasted no time in incomes the group’s beginning kicker job as a real freshman. In 2011, Lengthy transformed 16-of-19 discipline targets. As a sophomore, he completed with a 82.4 conversion proportion, making 14-of-17 kicks and a protracted of 54 yards towards Ohio State which was a college report lengthy. He was named to the Honorable Point out All-Convention USA group following the marketing campaign.
Over his subsequent two seasons, Lengthy transformed on 29 of his 41 discipline aim makes an attempt earlier than going undrafted in 2015. Initially, he signed with Washington following the draft and performed in a trio of preseason contest. however was among the many ultimate cuts made on August 30. After the season, Lengthy latched on to the Steelers for a lot of the 2016 offseason however was waived as soon as extra on Could 5 of that yr.
A yr later, Lengthy landed a contract with the CFL’s BC Lions the place he earned each the beginning kicker and punter jobs previous to the 2017 season. His first yr in Canada, Lengthy hit house on 39-of-44 discipline targets with a protracted of fifty and averaged 47.9 yards on 116 punts whereas being named the West Division’s Most Excellent Particular Groups Participant of the 12 months. In 2018, Lengthy transformed on 43 of his 49 makes an attempt with a protracted of 52 and averaged a whopping 48.8 yards per punt on 120 kicks.
On January 4, after being granted a launch from the CFL, Lengthy signed with the Chargers for his third stint with a NFL group. After an damage to Michael Badgley, Lengthy took over kicking duties for the primary half of the season. He transformed seven of 9 discipline targets, all 9 further factors, and 47.0 yards per punt in 2019.
In 2020, Lengthy began all 16 video games and completed with a 46.8 common over 57 complete punts. He did report a career-long 63-yarder however sadly had three kicks blocked.
Faculty: College of Alabama-Birmingham
Expertise: 2 (NFL), 2 (CFL)
Years with group: 2
“Ty Lengthy signed a 2 yr, $1,080,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, together with a mean annual wage of $540,000. In 2021, Lengthy will earn a base wage of $850,000, whereas carrying a cap hit of $850,000.” – Spotrac.com
Lengthy stayed constant from his first yr with the Chargers to his second, going from a 47.0 common in 2019 to a 46.8 common in 2020. He hasn’t muffed any punts nor has he shanked any kicks to this point in his profession, both. He’s been strong and that’s all you may ask of a punter.
Lengthy had three of his punts blocked in 2020 however that’s not often his fault. No less than, it’s “largely” not his fault. Regardless of the blocking up entrance being horrendous, Lengthy should be capable of monitor the ball, catch, and kick all whereas studying the penetration by the opposing group. If he sees a person get free by means of the road, he should know to get the ball of sooner. For a punter, that often means taking one much less step into the kick or dashing up their total course of. Of his three blocked kicks, at the very least one or two may have been prevented if he would have been conscious of what was in entrance of him.
Odds of creating the roster/What to anticipate in 2021?
With Lachlan Edwards offering competitors in camp, I don’t assume the beginning job is as locked down for Lengthy because it was a yr in the past. Edwards really has extra expertise as an NFL punter than Lengthy and he wasn’t too dangerous for the Jets from 2016-2019. Lengthy has higher averages by means of his first two years, so which will give him the sting, however as anticipated, all three particular groups positions are up for grabs after what occurred a yr in the past.