Patriots sign punter Corliss Waitman

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The Patriots have a punter.

Corliss Waitman, who departed Denver this week after the Broncos signed punter Riley Dixon, signed with the Patriots today.

Waitman is the only punter on the Patriots’ roster. They’ll presumably bring in another punter before training camp.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long felt that left-footed punters provide a challenge to opposing returners because the ball spins differently. Waitman is left-footed.

Waitman was born in Belgium and grew up in the Netherlands playing soccer, but moved to the United States in high school and started punting. He played his college football at South Alabama and has spent time in the NFL with the Steelers and Raiders in addition to the Broncos. He also had a prior stint on the Patriots’ practice squad. He was the Broncos’ punter for all 17 games last year.

7 responses to “Patriots sign punter Corliss Waitman

  1. 46.5 yards per punt.

    What’s that, 30 yards more than Bailey and Palardy’s averages last season? Something like that.

  2. If left footed punters were an advantage because the spin was wrong, wouldn’t left handed QBs have a lower completion percentage or interception rate for the same reason? This is just Bill playing a game with people.

  3. I loved how Bailey blamed his poor play on the last few seasons on the team’s strength and conditioning program for making him do too many squats. Take some accountability man!

  4. The Pats found out last year how valuable a great punter was because they constantly found themselves giving the opponent a short field due to 32yd punts. Hopefully Waitman can reverse that.I wonder if he’ll still avg 46 yds per punt in NE. I also wonder why Denver let him go.

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