Grinding The Tape: The Camarda Punter Edition?!

Pewter Report readers – y’all are a special breed. Positive, you present as much as the positioning to study second-round defensive tackles. However you and I each know you keep for the nuanced punter evaluation.

And so, being a person of the individuals, that’s simply what I’m going to offer you! Right now we grind the tape on new Buccaneers punter Jake Camarda.

Earlier than we get to the tape, I believe it’s greatest we cowl a couple of issues. First, what do you search for when scouting a punter? Effectively, the best way I see it there are 4 issues I’m on the lookout for.

Georgia P Jake Camarda – Picture courtesy of Georgia

First, is energy. punter has to have the ability to assist flip a subject when mandatory.

The second, is directional placement. There are specific returners you simply don’t wish to have the ball of their palms, so it will be important you possibly can kick away from them.

The third is dangle time. Are you able to hit your distance with the ball within the air lengthy sufficient on your protection staff to get there on time?

The final, and this can be crucial, is management. It’s all effectively and good when you can boot it 60 yards, however are you able to gear down and put up a 28-yarder that pins a staff again to its 5-yard line when the state of affairs requires it?


What’s PINYA? Glad you requested. PINYA is a brand-new stat I’m making as much as assist us perceive what Camarda does actually, rather well. It’s my hope it provides you a greater thought of a punter’s worth past the mundane “web common punt.” Let’s begin with what it stands for: “% of Best Web Yards Achieved.”

Now let me clarify it. A punter’s very best final result on any given kick is for the opposing staff to begin their subsequent drive at their very own 1-yard line. Due to this fact, we will decide the “very best yards” for every particular person punt by calculating the variety of web yards it could take to the opposition’s 1-yard line. From there we merely divide the variety of web yards achieved on the punt into the best variety of web yards.

For instance, if a staff is punting from its personal 39-yard line the “very best yards” could be 60. If the punter boots the ball 49 yards with an 8-yard return the web yardage achieved could be 41. So 41/60 is 68.33%, which might be the PINYA for this punt.

Evaluating Camarda’s PINYA

At this level let’s handle the elephant within the room. A lot of you have been calling for a punter to be drafted this previous weekend. You simply didn’t suppose it could be Camarda.

“How can we choose anybody at that place besides Punt God Matt Araiza?”

I heard you. That’s a part of the rationale I created this stat. Trying on the 2021 season Araiza posted a 69.15% PINYA over 80 punts. What was Camarda’s PINYA? He clocked in a bit decrease with a 63.47% mark. Why may the Bucs have chosen Camarda over Araiza? Let’s dig just a little deeper into PINYA to see if we will’t determine why.

As soon as I charted each punt from every participant, I grouped them into three buckets. Bucket one was punts that have been generated from behind their very own 21-yard. The second bucket was for punts from between their very own 21 and their very own 40-yard line. Bucket three was for any punt from his personal 41-yard line or higher. And that’s the place we begin to see a divergence in talent units which may be why the Bucs focused Camarda.

Araiza utterly dominates on lengthy punts, out-scoring Camarda by 24%. However have a look at the brief punt space. Right here is the place Camarda actually shines. He beats out Araiza by virtually 8.5%. That is the place I believe the Bucs could actually be valuing Camarda’s recreation.

Management With Brief Punts

Right here is Camarda exhibiting out on this space throughout the nationwide championship recreation towards Alabama.  The road of scrimmage is Alabama’s 44. So very best web yardage on this state of affairs is 43. Camarda will get the ball excessive with out placing an excessive amount of oomph into the kick and charging it into the top zone for a touchback. As a substitute, the ball hangs within the air permitting his protection staff to get into place and break all the way down to down the ball on the 7-yard line. That’s 37 of a attainable 43 very best yards achieved creates a PINYA of 86%.

And it’s not only a one-time factor for Camarda. Right here is one other one from earlier within the season towards South Carolina.

The road of scrimmage right here is the South Carolina 43. Camarda brings half energy and good dangle time to drop the ball on the 9-yard line along with his protection unit ready on the 1-yard line to obtain the ball. Georgia recorded a security on the very subsequent play.

Don’t Low cost The Energy

Now I can hear you saying, “However Josh, he doesn’t have the field-flipping leg that Punt God does!” And which may be true, however he isn’t very far off.

What you simply noticed there was a 64-yard punt on the fly with a again spin that allowed Camarda’s protection staff to down the ball on the Alabama 6-yard line. Camarda has loads of leg that may translate within the NFL. His profession common at Georgia was over 45 yards per punt and he logged no less than one 60-plus yard punt in every of his 4 seasons in Athens, together with a profession lengthy 68-yard punt in 2021. And when you don’t consider me, take it from a former All-Professional punter.

What Does It All Imply?

It’s truthful and cheap to debate the worth of a punter within the fourth spherical of a down draft class. What could also be untimely is deciding thatthe Bucs picked the improper punter simply since you didn’t hear about him within the pre-draft course of. Camarda has extra management of his punts and has expertise holding for subject targets (one thing Araiza doesn’t have) and doing kickoffs. That’s key as a result of he can utterly exchange Bradley Pinion, who struggled with accidents final yr. Pinion is the Bucs’ kickoff specialist and holder, along with being the punter.

All of it strains up for the fairly cheap conclusion that the Bucs recognized a selected talent set with Camarda. They then recognized the participant that greatest exemplified that talent set. And at last, they went after that participant – even when the participant wasn’t the obvious option to the lots.