Hey, Let's Not Forget the Punter

ST. JOSEPH, MO - Say what you will about Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt. He's a free spirit who might just be the team's premier practical joker. For those that remember the HBO Hard Knocks series, he was the streaker. And even there is a different attitude in camp, don't expect him to change one bit.

For a young man who is in the prime of his career after six NFL seasons, you'd think he would have changed. I mean, he makes a nice living punting of all things. Considering he grew up wanting to be a soccer player, he's made a nice living punting for the Chiefs since his arrival back in 2005.

He came off the Tennessee roster and into the hands of the Chiefs in the third round that year. He was one of the very few Dick Vermeil draft picks to pan out. In fact, I fondly remember the former head coach saying he had heard that Colquitt was a pretty good punter.

Indeed he is. He'll be the first to tell you that he's just the punter, but he's much more than that for this football team. He's also the holder for last year's top rookie, kicker Ryan Succop. And I'll argue that he's been one of the Chiefs' best offensive weapons since his arrival.

Though I feel he's the best punter in the game, he knows right now that honor belongs to Oakland Raiders foot thumper Shane Lechler. The two are actually friends, and one of these days Colquitt will beat him to the Pro Bowl.

For now, though, he has to settle for being second banana, and that's a role that suits him just fine. After all, with a more confident head coach in Todd Haley, the boisterous Charlie Weis running the offense, and the intense Romeo Crennel running the defense, there's room for a little levity.

That's where Colquitt comes in. He'll always look for the fun route in every conversation. When he gives interviews, he's generally one of the better quotes in the locker room.

Reporters caught up to him on Friday after practice. He knows how to set the tone before any interview starts.

"The specialists are all here," he said tongue in cheek as reporters chuckled at his opening lines.

Then one reporter, trying to get back to the point, asked him about the speed on the team -- in particular, the return guys and gunners.

"I ran a lot with Jon McGraw this offseason, so I'm definitely faster," he said.

Of course, the media was referring to wide receiver Dexter McCluster. "He's fast. I'm not going to try and pull anything to catch him."

And that's what makes Colquitt so great. Not many guys will play along with the media, and few enjoy it as much as he does.

Colquitt, whose father Craig played at Tennessee and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, comes from punting royalty. He's been attending training camps since he was a kid and his sarcasm might just be from hanging around his father's former NFL head coach, Chuck Noll.

But as training camp unfolds and the monotony grows for the special teams' guys, they find their fun wherever they can get it.

Succop's success a year ago had a lot to do with Colquitt's steady hands.
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Kicker Ryan Succop boots field goals to one end of the practice fields that has no net. It's a fan favorite for the kids who line atop the hill fighting for a crack at one of his field goal attempts.

"The sun's out and we've had a couple get hit right in the face,' Colquitt said. "Please let them bounce. But there's been some sweet catches up on the hill one-handing it. It's exciting for us to see all the fans."

And that's why Colquitt has been one of the most popular Chiefs with the fans, because he always likes to have fun. But don't be mistaken -- he takes his job very seriously. He also knows he can't rest on his laurels.

Last year, he worked on a new punting technique that has become very popular in the NFL and even more so in the college ranks, called ‘rugby' punting. Rugby punting is where the punter drops the ball at a lower angle, so his punts can ultimately hang in the air longer. It's very effective punting the ball inside the twenty.

"I'm trying to master more of it. It was my first full year doing it," he said about his 2009 punting style. "I got to set up the defense a little bit more inside the twenty. I'm hoping to use it more in open field situations and get it to hang up and use the winds."

Though that may be more technical than most understand, he explains it in a way that tells us that he's always looking for that edge.

Winning the battle of field position in the NFL can change the outcome of a game. It's clear that such factors are on the minds of the entire coaching staff. For the first time in recent memories, the Chiefs have everything in place to be one of or the very best special teams units in the NFL.

They have an outstanding young kicker in Succop, maybe two of the most dangerous return men in the game in rookies Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster, a steady deep snapper in Thomas Gafford, and one of the fastest gunners in Quinten Lawrence.

And to keep them all in check, they are led by none other than the man who always has a smile on his face and keeps things light, the incomparable Dustin Colquitt.

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\r\nFor a young man who is in the prime of his career after six NFL seasons, you'd think he would have changed. I mean, he makes a nice living punting of all things. Considering he grew up wanting to be a soccer player, he's made a nice living punting for the Chiefs since his arrival back in 2005.\r\n\r\n

He came off the Tennessee roster and into the hands of the Chiefs in the third round that year. He was one of the very few Dick Vermeil draft picks to pan out. In fact, I fondly remember the former head coach saying he had heard that Colquitt was a pretty good punter.\r\n\r\n

Indeed he is. He'll be the first to tell you that he's just the punter, but he's much more than that for this football team. He's also the holder for last year's top rookie, kicker Ryan Succop. And I'll argue that he's been one of the Chiefs' best offensive weapons since his arrival.\r\n\r\n

Though I feel he's the best punter in the game, he knows right now that honor belongs to Oakland Raiders foot thumper Shane Lechler. The two are actually friends, and one of these days Colquitt will beat him to the Pro Bowl.\r\n\r\n

For now, though, he has to settle for being second banana, and that's a role that suits him just fine. After all, with a more confident head coach in Todd Haley, the boisterous Charlie Weis running the offense, and the intense Romeo Crennel running the defense, there's room for a little levity.\r\n\r\n

That's where Colquitt comes in. He'll always look for the fun route in every conversation. When he gives interviews, he's generally one of the better quotes in the locker room.\r\n\r\n

Reporters caught up to him on Friday after practice. He knows how to set the tone before any interview starts.\r\n\r\n

\"The specialists are all here,\" he said tongue in cheek as reporters chuckled at his opening lines.\r\n\r\n

Then one reporter, trying to get back to the point, asked him about the speed on the team -- in particular, the return guys and gunners.\r\n\r\n

\"I ran a lot with Jon McGraw this offseason, so I'm definitely faster,\" he said.\r\n\r\n

Of course, the media was referring to wide receiver Dexter McCluster. \"He's fast. I'm not going to try and pull anything to catch him.\"\r\n\r\n

And that's what makes Colquitt so great. Not many guys will play along with the media, and few enjoy it as much as he does.\r\n\r\n

Colquitt, whose father Craig played at Tennessee and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, comes from punting royalty. He's been attending training camps since he was a kid and his sarcasm might just be from hanging around his father's former NFL head coach, Chuck Noll. \r\n\r\n

But as training camp unfolds and the monotony grows for the special teams' guys, they find their fun wherever they can get it. \r\n\r\n

Succop's success a year ago had a lot to do with Colquitt's steady hands.
Getty Images\r\n

\r\n\r\n

Kicker Ryan Succop boots field goals to one end of the practice fields that has no net. It's a fan favorite for the kids who line atop the hill fighting for a crack at one of his field goal attempts.\r\n\r\n

\"The sun's out and we've had a couple get hit right in the face,' Colquitt said. \"Please let them bounce. But there's been some sweet catches up on the hill one-handing it. It's exciting for us to see all the fans.\"\r\n\r\n

And that's why Colquitt has been one of the most popular Chiefs with the fans, because he always likes to have fun. But don't be mistaken -- he takes his job very seriously. He also knows he can't rest on his laurels. \r\n\r\n

Last year, he worked on a new punting technique that has become very popular in the NFL and even more so in the college ranks, called ‘rugby' punting. Rugby punting is where the punter drops the ball at a lower angle, so his punts can ultimately hang in the air longer. It's very effective punting the ball inside the twenty.\r\n\r\n

\"I'm trying to master more of it. It was my first full year doing it,\" he said about his 2009 punting style. \"I got to set up the defense a little bit more inside the twenty. I'm hoping to use it more in open field situations and get it to hang up and use the winds.\"\r\n\r\n

Though that may be more technical than most understand, he explains it in a way that tells us that he's always looking for that edge.\r\n\r\n

Winning the battle of field position in the NFL can change the outcome of a game. It's clear that such factors are on the minds of the entire coaching staff. For the first time in recent memories, the Chiefs have everything in place to be one of or the very best special teams units in the NFL.\r\n\r\n

They have an outstanding young kicker in Succop, maybe two of the most dangerous return men in the game in rookies Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster, a steady deep snapper in Thomas Gafford, and one of the fastest gunners in Quinten Lawrence.\r\n\r\n

And to keep them all in check, they are led by none other than the man who always has a smile on his face and keeps things light, the incomparable Dustin Colquitt.","mobileBody":" For a young man who is in the prime of his career after six NFL seasons, you'd think he would have changed. I mean, he makes a nice living punting of all things. Considering he grew up wanting to be a soccer player, he's made a nice living punting for the Chiefs since his arrival back in 2005.

He came off the Tennessee roster and into the hands of the Chiefs in the third round that year. He was one of the very few Dick Vermeil draft picks to pan out. In fact, I fondly remember the former head coach saying he had heard that Colquitt was a pretty good punter.

Indeed he is. He'll be the first to tell you that he's just the punter, but he's much more than that for this football team. He's also the holder for last year's top rookie, kicker Ryan Succop. And I'll argue that he's been one of the Chiefs' best offensive weapons since his arrival.

Though I feel he's the best punter in the game, he knows right now that honor belongs to Oakland Raiders foot thumper Shane Lechler. The two are actually friends, and one of these days Colquitt will beat him to the Pro Bowl.

For now, though, he has to settle for being second banana, and that's a role that suits him just fine. After all, with a more confident head coach in Todd Haley, the boisterous Charlie Weis running the offense, and the intense Romeo Crennel running the defense, there's room for a little levity.

That's where Colquitt comes in. He'll always look for the fun route in every conversation. When he gives interviews, he's generally one of the better quotes in the locker room.

Reporters caught up to him on Friday after practice. He knows how to set the tone before any interview starts.

\"The specialists are all here,\" he said tongue in cheek as reporters chuckled at his opening lines.

Then one reporter, trying to get back to the point, asked him about the speed on the team -- in particular, the return guys and gunners.

\"I ran a lot with Jon McGraw this offseason, so I'm definitely faster,\" he said.

Of course, the media was referring to wide receiver Dexter McCluster. \"He's fast. I'm not going to try and pull anything to catch him.\"

And that's what makes Colquitt so great. Not many guys will play along with the media, and few enjoy it as much as he does.

Colquitt, whose father Craig played at Tennessee and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, comes from punting royalty. He's been attending training camps since he was a kid and his sarcasm might just be from hanging around his father's former NFL head coach, Chuck Noll.

But as training camp unfolds and the monotony grows for the special teams' guys, they find their fun wherever they can get it.



Kicker Ryan Succop boots field goals to one end of the practice fields that has no net. It's a fan favorite for the kids who line atop the hill fighting for a crack at one of his field goal attempts.

\"The sun's out and we've had a couple get hit right in the face,' Colquitt said. \"Please let them bounce. But there's been some sweet catches up on the hill one-handing it. It's exciting for us to see all the fans.\"

And that's why Colquitt has been one of the most popular Chiefs with the fans, because he always likes to have fun. But don't be mistaken -- he takes his job very seriously. He also knows he can't rest on his laurels.

Last year, he worked on a new punting technique that has become very popular in the NFL and even more so in the college ranks, called ‘rugby' punting. Rugby punting is where the punter drops the ball at a lower angle, so his punts can ultimately hang in the air longer. It's very effective punting the ball inside the twenty.

\"I'm trying to master more of it. It was my first full year doing it,\" he said about his 2009 punting style. \"I got to set up the defense a little bit more inside the twenty. I'm hoping to use it more in open field situations and get it to hang up and use the winds.\"

Though that may be more technical than most understand, he explains it in a way that tells us that he's always looking for that edge.

Winning the battle of field position in the NFL can change the outcome of a game. It's clear that such factors are on the minds of the entire coaching staff. For the first time in recent memories, the Chiefs have everything in place to be one of or the very best special teams units in the NFL.

They have an outstanding young kicker in Succop, maybe two of the most dangerous return men in the game in rookies Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster, a steady deep snapper in Thomas Gafford, and one of the fastest gunners in Quinten Lawrence.

And to keep them all in check, they are led by none other than the man who always has a smile on his face and keeps things light, the incomparable Dustin Colquitt.","skipOnMobile":false,"media":[],"dateOverride":"2010-08-06T16:44:00","authorOverride":"Nick Athan","role":"Warpaint Illustrated Publisher","isPremium":false,"isHotNews":false,"isRumor":false,"syndicationFlag":true,"isClassified":true,"hotNamesLinked":true,"storyImage":"[MEDIA:525065]","mainImage":{},"thumbnailImage":"[THUMBNAIL:525065]","heroImage":{},"authorImage":"","tags":[{"id":"190","name":"Kansas City Chiefs"}],"nodes":["104"],"isActive":true,"inActiveAndMemberHasPublishRights":false,"createdOn":"2010-08-06T16:52:33.533","createdById":"365030","modifiedOn":"2014-07-06T08:47:17.22","modifiedBy":"51458","imgs":[],"viewStats":[{"from":"2015-07-02T19:00:00","to":"2015-07-02T20:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-09-25T03:00:00","to":"2015-09-25T04:00:00","count":5}],"hasVideo":false,"brandUnsafe":false,"breakingNews":false},"editorsChoice":{"siteUrls":[],"networkUrls":["http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1699107-update-scout-300-trend-meter-for-2017","http://www.scout.com/story/1710638-patrick-peterson-lays-out-for-one-handed-int","http://www.scout.com/story/1710624-odell-beckham-jr-sideline-tantrum-backfires","http://www.scout.com/nfl/story/1710816-watch-nfl-top-plays-of-week-3"],"topRibbonWidgets":[],"carouselStoryUrls":[],"storyStreamUrls":[],"storyStreamBlacklistUrls":[],"videoStories":[{"type":"StorySummary","containerType":"StorySummary","id":"1706656","siteId":"532","isPublicSite":true,"subdomain":"fantasy","siteFolder":"/fantasy","canonicalUrl":"http://www.scout.com/fantasy/story/1706656-three-backfields-with-question-marks","shortUrl":"http://fantasy.scout.com/story/1706656-three-backfields-with-question-marks","siteName":"Scout Fantasy","forumName":"","friendlySubdomain":"Scout Fantasy","title":"Three Backfields With Question Marks","subtitle":"","seotitle":"Week 2 Running Back Roundup: Three Backfields With Question Marks","caption":"","deck":"Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith examines the most turbulent backfields in the NFL to help decipher whether or not there are any Fantasy stars in the making...","dateOverride":"2016-09-14T12:00:11-07:00","authorOverride":"Mark Morales-Smith","role":"Contributor","isActive":true,"isPremium":false,"isHotNews":false,"isRumor":false,"syndicationFlag":true,"isClassified":false,"hotNamesLinked":false,"storyImage":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/styles/primary_image/public/stories/FreemanDevonta_1280_DaleZanine.jpg","mainImage":{"uuid":"9fafd971-a7cd-4859-934a-ca89aeaf8830","url":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/stories/FreemanDevonta_1280_DaleZanine.jpg","title":"Devonta Freeman","alt":"","credit":"Dale Zanine/USA TODAY","focalPointX":45,"focalPointY":18,"width":1280,"height":720},"thumbnailImage":"","heroImage":{"uuid":"9fafd971-a7cd-4859-934a-ca89aeaf8830","url":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/stories/FreemanDevonta_1280_DaleZanine.jpg","title":"Devonta Freeman","alt":"","credit":"Dale Zanine/USA TODAY","focalPointX":45,"focalPointY":18,"width":1280,"height":720},"authorImage":"","boost":0,"skipOnMobile":true,"primaryVideo":"http://widgets.boxxspring.com/MzAsMzk5NzU3NjY","hasVideo":true,"primaryVideoSummary":{"id":"MzAsMzk5NzU3NjY","name":"Running Back Roundup Week 2","uri":"http://widgets.boxxspring.com/MzAsMzk5NzU3NjY","thumbnailUri":"http://pictures.boxxspring.com/pictures/2105949","externalId":"39975766","publishDate":"2016-09-14T03:24:38.689601Z","durationMilliseconds":28000,"tags":["american football","chemistry","offensive backfield","glyphosate"],"preferredMobileUri":"http://videos.boxxspring.com/hls_941483766d395691ca53439226d2c51c.m3u8","height":0,"width":0,"caption":"Running Back Roundup Week 2"},"offsiteStories":[],"breakingNews":false},{"type":"StorySummary","containerType":"StorySummary","id":"1698457","siteId":"115","isPublicSite":true,"subdomain":"kan","siteFolder":"/nfl/chiefs","canonicalUrl":"http://www.scout.com/nfl/chiefs/story/1698457-chiefs-lb-tamba-hali-cleared-to-practice","shortUrl":"http://kan.scout.com/story/1698457-chiefs-lb-tamba-hali-cleared-to-practice","siteName":"WarpaintIllustrated.com","forumName":"","friendlySubdomain":"Kansas City","title":"Chiefs LB Tamba Hali Cleared to Practice","subtitle":"","seotitle":"With a pass rush that's been missing in action throughout the pre-season, Chiefs LB Tamba Hali has been removed from the PUP list. 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