Aussie punter Sav Rocca had another rough game in Week 2. Check out the details here.It was another rough game for Aussie punter Sav Rocca in the Redskins' 20-38 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Rocca could only muster a 36.8 yard-per-punt average on five kicks, although three of them were inside the Packers' 20-yard line. His first boot of the night came after the Redskins' first possession, which was a badly shanked directional punt for only 25 yards. Directional punting is, of course, much more difficult than regular straight-line punting, and the call to kick it out of bounds would have come from the coaching staff. Still, Rocca has had better accuracy from his boot before. He received some criticism from fans as a result:
Sav Rocca left his foot in Australia — HTTR24-7.com (@HTTR24_7) September 15, 2013
Time to send #Redskins punter Sav Rocca back down under. He's been TERRIBLE this season. — Son of Washington (@SonofWashington) September 15, 2013Rocca's second punt (after Washington's second possession -- yes, there's a theme here) was better, and he managed to put 43 yards on it before the Packers receiver Jeremy Ross returned it 11 yards. Showing little faith in his backup kicker, head coach Mike Shanahan opted to have Rocca punt the ball from the Packers' own 33-yard line at the start of the second quarter. This resulted in a short punt (only 23 yards) but it was called for fair catch on the Packers' 10-yard line by Randall Cobb. Unfortunately, a penalty by long snapper Nick Sundbeg (of all people) gifted Aaron Rodgers and his offence an extra 15 yards. His next punt was much better, with Rocca booming the kick 48 yards to the Packers' 10-yard line. It was downed by Washington tight end Niles Paul. In the third quarter he had more success, kicking another 45 yards, again to the Packers' 10-yard line. But, again more yardage was awarded to the Packers due to a penalty. Much like the Redskins offence itself, Rocca improved as the game progressed. And it might be unfair to call his night a failure based on one poor kick and a surprising punt inside Packers territory. Take away those two short punts and suddenly he's averaging about 45 yards a kick. Still, the Redskins will be disappointed with what they've seen from their veteran so far. He is currently ranked last in average yardage and 27th in average net yardage among all punters. He is right in the middle at 14th overall for punts placed inside the 20 with four. We won't jump to conclusions as it's only two games into the season. Remember, Rocca was asked to kick the ball out of bounds in both cases. But many have considered Rocca's slow start to the season to mirror the Redskins' own, and as such many are expecting him to improve quickly as the season progresses. I believe he will. Aussies on the cusp It would be remiss of me to not once again mention that free-agent punter Brad Wing worked out for the Redskins last week. It doesn't appear anything has come of it, but it's something worth monitoring. As if there were any doubts as to his power, he posted some videos of him hitting some nice five-second punts.