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Jets cut punter Knorr, six others

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Aug. 27, 2005) -- The New York Jets cut veteran punter Micah Knorr and gave the job to Australian Ben Graham.

Knorr did little to distinguish himself during training camp. In three games, he had seven punts for an average of 41.4 yards. Graham, who decided to give the NFL a try after 12 years in the Australian Football League, had 14 punts for an average of 43.4 yards.

It was clear the 6-foot-5 Graham had the stronger leg. But perhaps the biggest factor is the way he kicks across the ball -- causing it to go end-over-end and then spiral down at returners with a unique backspin. The Giants muffed two of his punts Aug. 26, and the Vikings muffed one last week.

Knorr spent the majority of the 2004 season with the Broncos before being released in December. In his six-year career, Knorr has averaged 41.4 yards a punt.

The Jets also cut running back DeCori Birmingham, tackles Ethan Brooks and Henry Tellis, wide receivers Eddie Jackson and Carl Kearney, and cornerback Art Thomas.

Brooks, a seven-year NFL veteran, has spent time with Atlanta, St. Louis, Arizona and most recently Baltimore.

AP NEWS

The Associated Press News Service

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Yep, another Aussie in the NFL, that makes 3 ounters at the moment, we are slowly taking over your sport!

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Well punting and Australian Football is natural you guys are punting all the time and punting on the run and punting great distances wwith accuracy. Im surprised their is not a bigger thrend of Aussie Punters in the NFL.

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Yep, another Aussie in the NFL, that makes 3 ounters at the moment, we are slowly taking over your sport!

Which would offset the Irish invasion in the AFL :rolleyes:

that is off topic! :D at the moment there is one Irishman getting a game, 2 otheres in Carlton's VFL feeder side Northern Bullants

Tank, the reason more Aussie's don't go over is because 1) All punters do is sit on a bench all day and come on for ten seconds to kick every now and again and 2) we don't like wearing those skin tight pants and being padded up so much! :P

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Actually it's more complicated than that. AFL kicking is different than NFL punting. AFL players take their time and run a considerable amount before they punt. In NFL punting there is no running start and very little time to kick. Also, the shape of the balls are different. The AFL ball is much rounder, which is good for kicking whereas the NFL ball is meant for throwing, hence the pointer edges. The Aussie guys that are currently in the NFL have practiced the NFL style of punting before making the transition (including Graham). So they know how different the styles of kicking are.

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