Top-of-the-line punters within the NFL has spent a big a part of his offseason engaged on holding.
Professional Bowl punter Jack Fox mentioned on Day 2 of Detroit Lions minicamp Wednesday that he modified his holding stance this spring to carry kicks from extra of a aspect angle.
“I feel I’ve gotten to be a greater holder up to now, particularly being right here the final couple weeks, getting numerous snaps,” Fox mentioned. “Having two kickers and two snappers (in camp), I’m getting numerous work at holding.”
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Final 12 months, Fox mentioned he held for kicks from an open stance, which positioned him extra behind the ball. By closing his stance, he mentioned kickers ought to have a greater view of the ball when he catches it from the lengthy snapper.
The Lions have competitions brewing at each kicker and lengthy snapper.
Matthew Wright, who made all seven of his discipline aim and additional level makes an attempt for the Pittsburgh Steelers final season, and free agent addition Randy Bullock are vying to switch Matt Prater at kicker. Don Muhlbach and Scott Daly are in camp at snapper.
Bullock mentioned Fox journey to Houston earlier this offseason to work with him and Muhlbach.
Prater struggled together with his accuracy at occasions final season, making simply 10 of 17 kicks from 40-plus yards. Although Prater mentioned late within the season holding was not a problem, Fox mentioned it could have contributed to a few of Prater’s misses.
“I feel I did high quality final 12 months,“ Fox mentioned. “I feel there’s undoubtedly room for enchancment. Prater’s such an amazing man, for those who ask him he’ll say, ‘Yeah, holding wasn’t an issue.’ However I’m positive he missed a pair kicks as a result of the holds might have been higher. So yeah, I’ve simply labored on being extra good within the holding.”
As for punting, the place he set a Lions report with a 44.8-yard internet common final season, Fox mentioned he spent final offseason making ready for the coaching camp competitors he had with Arryn Siposs.
Now safe in his job, the second-team All-Pro mentioned he sees loads of room to enhance in situational areas, too.
“I feel I’m fairly exhausting on myself anyway, so I feel I’m fairly nitpicky with myself,” Fox mentioned. “I feel I’ve accomplished a very good job of specializing in smaller issues. … Not each kick’s going to be good, however I’ve been engaged on numerous issues that I didn’t do effectively final 12 months.”
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