[caption id="attachment_27170" align="aligncenter" width="434"] Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press[/caption] Aussies in Camp is a new series detailing some of our Down Under talent taking part in NFL training camps. Next, we have Sav Rocca. Now in his seventh year in the NFL, Sav Rocca is preparing for this third year with the Washington Redskins. Starting his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007, Sav came to the league after an incredibly successful Aussie Rules career playing for both the Collingwood Magpies and North Melbourne Kangaroos. From the very start of his career in the AFL he was known for his long, booming kicks. It's this key skill that would later kick-start his second career in the NFL. After trying out for the Buffalo Bills in 2006, Rocca was eventually signed to the Eagles for training camp in 2007, beating fellow punter Dirk Johnson for the starting spot. Dirk would go on to punt sparingly for the Bears, Cardinals and Buccaneers before retiring after the 2009 season. At 33 years of age, Rocca was the oldest NFL rookie in the history of the NFL, and he would remain in Philly for four full seasons before being allowed to enter free agency after what was arguably his best season in 2010. Rocca was signed by the Redskins in late July of 2011 and has since been a consistent performer on special teams for the Skins. During the 2012 season it was revealed that he was playing though a torn meniscus (knee). Despite the injury he still managed 43.9 yard per punt average and pinned the opposition behind the 20-yard line 22 times. Rocca has now fully recovered from his offseason surgery, and has begun kicking again in OTAs and in training camp (which starts today). Prospects for 2013 Rocca admitted that his knee feels good in early June and should be ready to go full speed in Redskins camp and throughout the preseason. After singing a new two-year, $2.24 million contract with the Redskins in May, Rocca shouldn't have any competition in camp, and should look towards ensuring his kicks are back to full strength. Something the veteran will have to deal with is the changes to special teams. The Redskins' special teams coach Danny Smith left over the offseason, eventually hiring Keith Burns to be his replacement. “It’s been good. We're in the early stages now,” Rocca said when asked about the change by JP Finlay of CSN Washington back in May. “We’re just coming to grips, learning what he brings to the table. By the end of training camp we’ll have that down.” Despite this the team surrounding Rocca appears unchanged. Both long snapper Nick Sundberg (re-signed to a four-year deal in March) and kicker Kai Forbath will remain on the team for the 2013-14 season, Rocca has developed a strong working relationship with both. The Skins should be very confident in their team, Forbath kicked 94.4 percent of his field goal attempts in 2012, including 12 over 40 yards and Sundberg played though a broken arm in September last year. Season Prediction Assuming there's no bumps along the way with the new special teams coach, and that Rocca's injury is indeed completely healed there's no reason why we shouldn't expect another successful year from the big veteran. With no competition being signed for camp, and his success as holder for Forbath, Rocca's place on the team is assured. Last year, while managing a career-best 43.9 yards per punt gross average, his average net yards actually went down to 37.2, this is something that the team can look to improve upon this season. Indeed, if the new coach manages to repair some of the lapses in punt coverage we saw last season (Rocca had to make two tackles in 2012) it wouldn't be outlandish to expect great improvement in that area. Helping him improve is the use of a GoPro camera attached to Rocca's camera during practice. Although a little unorthodox, Sundberg has noted some improvements already, and Rocca remarked that it helps identify previously missed mistakes. “Sometimes you think you know what you did wrong, but when you look at the footage you see something you didn’t pick up on during the punt,” he said. Here's a fun stat: According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, only 53 players have ever played in the NFL over the age of 40. Rocca turns 40 in November of this year, making him a member of the 40 and Over Club. With the retirement of Jason Hanson this year, Rocca will be the only active NFL player over 40. It's a testament to Rocca to see him so successfully transfer from one football code to another and continue to play at the highest level for so long. Let's hope he has at least a few more years left in him. - More articles on the Aussie players competing for spots on NFL rosters can be found here.