Former Tennessee Vols punter Matt Darr will be looking for a new home after being released by the Miami Dolphins.
I doubt Matt Darr’s NFL career has reached its conclusion, but for now it’s certainly at a standstill.
The former Tennessee Vols punter was released by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, a casualty of the last wave of cuts before the 2017 season gets underway.
Darr signed with the Dolphins after going undrafted (as so many punters do) in 2015. He was Miami’s punter in all 32 games over the last two seasons.
It’s a bit surprising that Miami elected to waive Darr — he’s performed well during his two seasons in South Beach. As a rookie, in 2015, Darr averaged 47.6 yards per punt. He was named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team as a result.
Darr’s average dipped a bit in 2016, but he still averaged a respectable 44.3 yards per punt.
The Dolphins are going with left-footed punter Matt Haack, an undrafted rookie out of Arizona State, this season instead. Haack performed slightly better than Darr in pre-season action.
It’s not unusual for punters and kickers to make their way around the league. I don’t think Darr will have any trouble landing with a new team.
In fact, I’d be surprised if Darr is unsigned when the regular season begins.
Controlling field position is one of the most underrated, but important, parts of being a successful football team. Most NFL coaches recognize that and it’s exactly why Darr will have a new home soon.