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Bill Belichick continues his obsession with good punters

Ryan Hannable
September 13, 2017 - 10:48 am

FOXBORO -- It may be an overlooked part of the game, but not to Bill Belichick.

The long-time coach loves good punters.

Last year he raved about Rams punter Johnny Hekker before their matchup during the season.

"This guy, I mean, this guy's a weapon," Belichick said. "I mean, he's not a good player, he's a weapon."

Hekker wasn't the only punter he praised, as following joint practices with the Saints he liked what he saw him Thomas Morstead.

"Watching Morstead last week, you're not going to see it any better than that if you put the ball in the jugs machine," Belichick said. "It's a clinic. It's all been good. It's all been good."

Fast forward to this week, the Patriots are facing Morstead and the Saints, and Belichick once again had some good things to say about him when breaking down the Saints.

"Morstead is about as good a punter as this league has ever seen," he said Wednesday. "Tremendous, tremendous player. Accurate, long, good plus-50, does everything well."

[UPDATE: 11 a.m]: On the confernence call with the New Orleans media, Belichick had even more to say when it comes to preparing for him. "Yeah, you take the jugs machine, crank it up on high and shoot the ball up 55 to 70 yards downfield a yard from the sideline, like he does most of the time," he said. "You know, not many guys that can punt the ball like him. Again, it’s not just his distance but it’s placement, accuracy. I mean, his plus-50 punts are like from the minus-40. He’s just different because of his strength and power and control."

Some may think punting is boring and not really important, but clearly that isn't the case for Belichick.

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