49ers punter Andy Lee is already considered one of the best at his position in the NFL. The three-time Pro Bowler could even get that much better if his plan to add a “knuckle punt” to his arsenal goes well in the final game of the preseason, during which Lee intends to try the gimmick punt.
“It’s definitely something I want to do in a game to see how it actually happens in a live situation,” Lee said. “In practice, you can do things and you can mimic as much as you can, but you never really know how a new thing you’re going to do is going to react in a game situation. So I’d love to hopefully be able to pull it out and try it and see if it’s something I can work in my regular routine.”
Kyle Williams vividly remembers the first time Lee sent a knuckle punt his way. It came during a special teams practice his rookie year.
“I turned to Ted Ginn and said, ‘What the hell was that?'” Williams said. “It’s just like a knuckleball in baseball. It’s floating up there, and it will change direction probably three or four times within the last 5 yards, 10 yards, and then it’s right there. It’s tough to deal with.”
Not gonna lie, it sounds pretty badass. And now just because I’m part of the age cohort that would feel nostalgia for the Mighty Ducks 2.