Ex-Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt Gets a Second Chance to Play in the NFL.


A long-time Kansas City Chiefs pro bowler has found a new home, rekindling his NFL career, despite the Atlanta Falcons’ punting woes. Dustin Colquitt, a veteran punter, has signed with the Falcons practice squad, according to Colquitt’s agent, Paul Sheehy. Atlanta appears to have chalked it up to their current starting punter, Cameron Nizialek.

In the team’s Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former AAF player had a terrible outing. In that game, Nikzialek punted four times for a total of 157 yards, averaging 39 yards per punt. According to Pro Football Reference, a punt is worth 2 yards.

Nikzialek’s most memorable punt in that game — and for the wrong reasons — was a fourth-quarter 33-yarder that put Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense on the Falcons’ own 43-yard line. The ensuing Tampa Bay drive ended in a touchdown, putting an end to an Atlanta run of 14 unanswered points and cutting the Falcons’ deficit to just three points at 28-25. Following that disastrous punt, the Buccaneers scored 21 unanswered points, two of which were interceptions returned for touchdowns by Tampa Bay’s defense.

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Colquitt’s NFL Career

Colquitt’s NFL Career

Colquitt’s NFL Career

Colquitt’s NFL Career

Colquitt’s NFL Career

Colquitt’s NFL Career

$ The Chiefs selected him in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, which is a very early spot in the draft for a punter. Colquitt spent 14 seasons in Kansas City, punting 1,124 times for 50,393 yards and an average of 44 yards per punt. According to Pro Football Reference, each punt averages 8 yards and has a long of 81 yards. He had a total of 41. According to Chiefs Focus, 1% of his punts landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

Colquitt’s name reappeared in Chiefs Kingdom early in 2021 as a result of his signing with the practice squad on January 7. According to Sports Illustrated’s Joshua Brisco, the move occurred after the Baltimore Ravens signed punter Johnny Townsend, brother of Kansas City’s starting punter Tommy Townsend, off the Chiefs’ practice squad on December 31.

“Dustin is one of the greatest Chiefs of all time, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to coach him these past seven years,” Andy Reid said of Colquitt after his release in 2020, according to Brisco. “His career longevity in Kansas City demonstrates how consistently he has performed at a high level. He was a fantastic teammate and leader off the field as well. Dustin Colquitt will always be a hero of mine. ”

Townsend Has Stepped In To Fill Colquitt’s Shoes

With Colquitt’s departure in 2020, Kansas City brought in Townsend, an undrafted free agent out of Florida. Townsend averaged 45 points per game during the regular season in 2020. According to the Chiefs official website, his best game of the season came in Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints, when he tallied a career-high three punts inside the Saints’ 20-yard line, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Against the Buccaneers in Super LV, Townsend had one of his worst performances of his rookie season, averaging 36 yards per carry. According to Pro Football Reference, each of the three punts averaged 6 yards. He has, however, put his poor performance behind him and is putting forth a strong effort in 2021. Townsend has a 45. average through two games in the 2021 regular season. During the Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to Baltimore in Week 2, he averaged 2 yards per punt with a long of 54 yards and two punts inside the Ravens’ 20-yard line.


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