The Green Bay Packers are going to bank on newcomers on both sides of the ball. That was assumed. They just didn't think one of the biggest additions who would put them over the top would be a rookie punter.
JK Scott's arrival was enough to get rid of veteran punter Justin Vogel, who had a monster year for the Packers last season. It was surely a surprise, but maybe it was because Green Bay knew they had a player who was going to have a huge year on his own.
Based on Scott's preseason net average, it's easy to believe he'll break the team's record this year.
Packers rookie P JK Scott had a 42.7-yard net average during the preseason. Didn't even kick all that well. Justin Vogel set the team record last year at 41.6.— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) September 5, 2018
That's a solid campaign for a rookie.
Scott has been putting on a show every since he walked in the door. From preseason games to practices, he's been lights out. The importance of a punter is normally overthought, but think about how great it would be if the Packers could put Aaron Rodgers in situations with a short field after the opposition is pinned inside the five all the time?
There are a lot of important pieces in Green Bay, and one of them is on the special team's unit.