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  1. NoCal Patriot

    NoCal Patriot Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Now it gets a little tougher.You showed your strength with the Placekickers but now it realy gets interesting.I'll start with a few from the early days and everyone can add to the list as we play another round of "Know Your Patriots"! The first one I remember is Tom Yewcic who was replaced by Tom Janik who was followed by Pat Studstill.It's all Yours Ladies and Gentlemen!
     
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    some in recent history
    Kenny "I love" Walter, Tom Tupa, Lee johnson, danny Baugher, Miller and saurbrun duh and dont forget Brady had a nice pouch a few years back

    Just learned we used to have Jeff Feagles


    mike saxson shawn mcarthy pat o'neil
     
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    Wow. When I first started watching the Pats in the mid-late 70's Mike Patrick was the punter. Until Camarillo came on board in the early 80's, it was a basically a punter a year in New England after Patrick. Jerrel Wilson, Hare (can't remember his first name), and Mike Hubach I think were in between....and they were all forgettable!
     
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    The ones who weren't forgettable are a very short list! This isn't an easy question.
     
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    Here's another list of punters excluding the ones already mentioned and the

    modern day ones. Tom Greene, a quarterback from Holy Cross was the first

    one. Swanson, Janik (also a DB), Barnes, Chapple, Prestridge, Hansen,

    and Wagner.
     
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    Don't forget Eddie Hare. He couldn't kick so he left football for the PGA. He couldn't golf either.
     
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    Murphys95 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Eddie! That's it. :D Thanks.

    I think that's another reason why we loved Camarillo so much. His predecessors were mediocre, so when he landed in Foxboro he looked like an All Pro from the start.
     
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    You guys just might make "The Lightning Round" of "Know Your Patriots"!:singing:
     
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    Well, of course, I know nothing about those far-off days but who could forget the immortal Brooks Barnard, the one-week wonder who replaced and was replaced by Ken Walter?
     
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    Mike,that one answer gives You entry into "The Lightning Round" of "Know Your Patriots". You are the first "International Entry" !
     
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    You know there are a few punters cut by the Patriots in the 1980s who went on to become All-Pro for other teams in the 90s.
     
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    when i started to be a Patriot fan the punter was Rich Camarillo.

    then i remember very well Tom Tupa and Johnson.

    who will be the starter for us next season ? Miller or Sauerbrun ? probably the training camp and pre-season will answer...
     
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    Like Tom Tupa, was also a pretty decent backup QB. Save those roster spots.

    Well lookee what I found.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/footba...4/09/24/punting_his_way_into_patriots_histoy/

    "A versatile athlete, Tom Yewcic is second, behind only Rich Camarillo, on the Patriots' all-time list in punts (378) and punt yardage (14,553).

    Yewcic played for the Patriots from 1961-1966. Although he is one the greatest punters of all-time, Yewcic did much more than just punt. He also played quarterback and threw for 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns over his six-year career.

    “It was a little different then than it is today,” said Yewcic. “Today you are talking about a 53-man roster and talking specialization as far as centers, punters and kickers. When I was playing it was only a 32-man roster and they couldn’t afford to have specialization.”

    “With a 32-man roster, you had to play more than one position in order to make the team. I was really a halfback coming out of high school, but when I went to Michigan State they converted me over to quarterback. It wasn’t a big adjustment.”
     
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    That article sounds like it was written by a little kid. He calls Yewcic an all time great punter and all time Patriots great about 3-4 times.

    He was a good punter and a good QB, but he wasn't Ray Guy.LOL

    Even after reading that list of transient punters, I can't remember any of them.

    I guess, unlike other positions, there just didn't seem the need to waste memory space on a punter that was good as gone.

    Unfortunately, those nightmares have returned, since BB brought the horror of Ken Walter back for a reprise.:eek:
     
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    I'll add Ken Hartley and Pat O'Neill. Hartley actually predates me, but I met the man in Weslaco Texas a few years ago, and he had a picture of himself in a Patriots uniform on the wall. Turns out he punted for three years in the NFL, two for the Pats.

    I was at Syracuse with O'Neill. Best hangtime I'd ever seen at that point, and was happy he signed with New England. As it turned out, take the guy out of a dome, and he was subpar. I think he was dead last in the NFL in punting for a couple of seasons.
     
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    Obviously, I'm proud and honoured ... blush ... but that's not my aim in coming here (see my sig.!)

    I remember that Brooks came in for Ken Walter and didn't punt badly -- not terrifically, but not as badly as KW -- for that one week. But he certainly did a lot of interviews for a walk-on rookie -- it sounded as if they were going to make a TV mini-series of his life. Then ... WHAM!!! I assume that he must have irritated some important people in the organization (Seeley? Our Former Kicker? BB?). But I feel sorry for him. C*cky kids need a lesson, perhaps -- but not a kick in the teeth.

    The Patriots brought Ken Walter back instead and there was some story that he was being added to the roster for his abilities as a holder. I have always been sceptical. Of course, I know how important the holder is to the kicker, but I simply cannot believe that a competent professional organization would only have one person in the team who is able to act as holder. That's way too many eggs in one basket. OK, designate the punter as the principal holder if you like, but what if he's injured, gets the flu, has to attend a family funeral? Surely, with all the time that the special teams have to prepare, they should be able to have a back-up who's almost as well trained.

    I long for the days of Ken Walter. I hated the way that fans booed him and abused him on this message board. It's true, he played terribly, but he was playing for the Patriots, for goodness sake! But wasn't it wonderful when the weakest link on our team was the punter? Happy days indeed!
     

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