Saturday, November 25, 2006

Saints Welcome Billy Cundiff

If there is one thing that changes every fan's outlook on their team it is the addition of a new kicker. Ok, that's not true, but it sure should be. The evidence continues to mount about the value of a deep kickoff man and an accurate punter in terms of maintaining strong field position.

So, Saints rejoice as the excellent placekicker Cundiff has joined the club. According to the Saints' homepage:

"Cundiff played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and earned the reputation as one of the NFL's top kickoff men with his high, hanging kickofss that helped the Cowboys hold opponents to a league-low 17.5-yard kickoff return average in 2004.

He was signed by Green Bay as a free agent in March, was limited to six games in 2005 with Dallas due to an injury but was released by the Packers on August 17, 2006.

In 53 career games with the Cowboys, Cundiff connected on 60-of-82 field-goal attempts (73.2 percent) and missed one extra-point conversion in 101 attempts. Cundiff's career-long field goal was a 56-yarder in 2005."

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