|Zoltan Mesko, come on down?||04.15.10 at 5:28 pm ET|
Much has been made over the last couple of days about the Patriots’ punting situation. Entering the week, New England did not have a punter on the roster (incumbent Chris Hanson is a free agent). The Patriots signed a punter on Wednesday — David King — and have worked out a pair of collegiate punters this offseason in UConn’s Desi Cullen and Michigan’s Zoltan Mesko. Wednesday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said there’s no general philosophy when it comes to drafting a punter.
“No. I think any player is worth drafting for your football team — punter, kickers, long snapper, quarterback, receiver, whatever it is,” Belichick said. “The thing about those players is you can only have one of them. It’s not like drafting a running back, where you can have three, four, five running backs on your team. You can only have one long snapper, one punter, one kicker. When you draft a player you have to feel that that player has a pretty good chance to make your team. Otherwise, what’s the point? That’s not to say every guy will, but that’s the intent. We’ve drafted a kicker. We’ve drafted a snapper. Would we draft a punter? If we felt that was the right choice, absolutely.”
On-field stats aside, the Patriots have always managed to find punters who can bring the funny. Lee Johnson, Josh Miller and Todd Sauerbrun were some of the funniest guys in the New England locker room when they were in Foxboro. Keeping that in mind, Cullen and Mesko have a lot in their favor. Cullen gave himself the self-deprecating nickname “The Kentucky Hammer,” and is known as something of a jokester. But after seeing this video (thanks to our friend Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders) Mesko might have him beat, at least when it comes to unintentional comedy. Check out this video — he’s No. 41, in the front row.
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