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Drew Kaser Wins Punter Battle
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The first battle of Chargers Camp has been decided as the team waived Kasey Redfern on Monday, effectively naming sixth-round pick Drew Kaser as the team’s punter.
However, the rookie explained how he is still in a competition.
The Texas A&M product was the first punter selected in this year’s draft when the Bolts took him 179th overall. He left the Aggies with the second-highest punt averaged (46.2) in NCAA history, and punted 168 times for 7,761 yards including 60 punts placed inside the 20. He set a school record last year with 26 punts over 50.
Clearly, Kaser has the accuracy to pinpoint the ball and the booming leg to unleash one for distance, which is why Head Coach Mike McCoy said the Chargers made the decision this early on to go with the rookie.
Kaser will now get valuable reps through every preseason game to improve each phase of his game. That does not only include different types of punts, but also getting his timing down as a holder with Mike Windt and Josh Lambo.
“It’s huge. I can really get my feet wet and get into a rhythm. It’s big to do that with Windt and on those holds with Lambo. It is huge to get my flow going and my rhythm down with everything.”
While he aims to perfect his skills, there is one thing he knows he must attain every time he takes the field.
“Consistency,” he said. “Honestly, that is the name of this game. That’s all punters and kickers can do. You can never work too hard on that because that is the name of the game. And it helps to get comfortable. It took me a couple weeks to get real comfortable in this system during OTAs. Since that, I think I’ve been doing really well. Each practice I’ve been building, and getting to where I should be at.”