JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 05: Punter Bryan Anger # 19 during Jacksonville Jaguars Minicamp at EverBank Field on May 5, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted punter Bryan Anger in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Anger so far has showed the ability to boom the football, currently ranking second in the NFL in gross punting average with 52.6 yards per punt through the first two weeks of the season.
According to Arthur Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, there is still a big area for Anger to improve upon.
Anger's net punting average (43.5), which is nearly 10 yards less than his gross, illustrates that the young punter out of Cal has a long way to go before he is a finished product. Word is Anger must improve his directional punting and awareness of when to punt the ball out of bounds before he can become the field-position weapon Smith and the Jaguars envision.
While Anger's leg is indeed capable of booming the football, as I've mentioned a couple of time on Twitter and in comments, he seems to not have a full handle on it yet. What I mean by that is, he seems to out kick his coverage at times which can give players room to begin a return. Anger needs to add some more arch and hangtime to his punts, to give the gunners a chance to force fair catches, as well as working on his corner kicks.
This was a big area that former Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh was great at, team's virtually had no chance to return punts. The Jaguars have allowed the fifth most return yards (99 yards, 12.4 YPR) on punts so far on the season.