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P Steve Weatherford Believes He’ll Be In Demand

Jets veteran punter Steve Weatherford figures to be in heavy demand as an unrestricted free agent whenever football resumes. Weatherford has averaged 42.9 yards for his career, downing 114 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line with 37 touchbacks and 95 fair catches.

“I would like to think there’s a few teams out there looking for a guy like me. I’ve been very healthy during my career. Durability has never been an issue. I bring a degree of athleticism to the position. In college, I was an All-American decathlete. I can kick off. I can kick field goals in an emergency. There’s a lot of upside to me. Not until these last two seasons have I really started to flourish as far as doing the finer points of punting like Jeff Feagles later in his career. I can shut the returner down. Kicking in a place like New York, there’s tough weather conditions, but we have a great coverage team. I’m ready for whatever comes next.”

Weatherford did say that he wants to play for a team that is defensive-minded.

“I love playing for a defensive team. Obviously, a defensive team that just appreciates great punting, all the better. …I’ve had a couple games with the Jets where I punted 10 times and we won. It’s funny how the dynamic on defense works. I like watching defensive teams. It’s cool to watch somebody throw six touchdowns, but the toughness level of a guy like Bart Scott is amazing. I love the tough, nasty, what Rex Ryan reperesents. I really enjoyed playing for him. Who knows where I’m going to be? Hopefully, I land on my feet.”

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