The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of preparations for the New England Patriots, and they’re pulling out all the stops. Bill Belichick has a habit of only signing left-footed punters, and so the Jaguars are bringing in a left-footed punter to help them prepare.
Thank you @Jaguars for working me out today. Helped the returners prepare for the Patriots.— Brock Miller (@hashtagbrock) January 17, 2018
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Brock Miller spent time with the San Francisco 49ers a couple times this past year. The 49ers signed him in January, and released him in May. They then brought him in for a workout prior to Week 1 of the regular season to help prepare Trent Taylor and Victor Bolden for the Carolina Panthers’ left-footed punter, Michael Palardy.
There are only 32 punters in the NFL at a given time, leaving a lot of potentially talented players searching for any which way they can hang around the periphery of the league. As a left-footed punter, it would seem like Miller might have found that niche. He likely needs to hold down a full-time job, but he’ll get the occasional flight out somewhere to offer up a different look to help a team prepare.
The lesson here? Develop your kids as left footed punters (a close second behind left-handed relievers in baseball).