Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Punter Will Have Hand in FGs, Too; Nortman Develops Rapport with Placekicker Myers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Punter Will Have Hand in FGs, Too; Nortman Develops Rapport with Placekicker Myers

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Byline: Phillip Heilman

During an already busy offseason, Jaguars punter Brad Nortman has adjusted to playing for a new team for the first time in his career, become familiar living in a new city with his wife and started to fine-tune his own mechanics.

So why is he so worried about kicker Jason Myers?

Because in addition to his responsibilities, Nortman will also be the holder for Myers. That means learning everything about his new teammate - how Myers prefers the football to be held, the timing of his steps and follow through and anything else that can help make his job easier.

Nortman probably even knows what Myers likes best for breakfast, lunch and dinner by now.

"You're in total service mode," Nortman said of his role in the holder-kicker partnership. "You totally try to serve the kicker as much as you can because he's the one who is making the contact. I just do whatever I can for Jason."

Making life as easy as possible for Myers will make life better for Jaguars fans.

As a rookie last season, Myers connected on 26 of 30 field goal attempts, including a 53-yard game-winner against Baltimore in November. However, he was dogged because of his league-leading seven missed extra points.

Nortman, who signed a four-year deal worth $8.8 million in March, wasn't around for those struggles. He is confident the trio of Myers, himself and long snapper Carson Tinker can clean up any issues that might lead to similar problems this season.

"Luckily, with Jason and Carson, they both are great professionals, and they know what they are doing," Nortman said. "It hasn't been too bad. I'm lucky to be able to work with those guys."

Of Nortman, Myers said: "Everything has gone smooth. He's a pro's pro."

Oh yeah, Nortman also has to focus on his punting duties.

He was signed to replace former third-round pick Bryan Anger after the two had mostly similar numbers last season. …

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