While the Lions are looking for a kicker, they found their punter in the fifth round of the draft last year when they selected Sam Martin from football powerhouse Appalachian State.
“He rewrote all the records for punting, he owns all the single season records and is second all-time rookie punter in the history of the National Football League,’’ Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said on Monday night at a town hall meeting for season ticket holders.
“I think he’s pretty good and I think with Sam the sky’s the limit,’’ Bonamego said. “He’s only starting to scratch the surface.’’
Bonamego pointed out that Martin performed “very well’’ in three areas — punting, holding for field goals and kickoffs.
It wasn’t a perfect season, Martin had a few shanks and miscues, but it was still solid for a rookie.
“He’s a young man that works very, very hard,’’ Bonamego said. “I would expect for him this year to improve in some of the situational (areas), I don’t think we’ve seen anywhere near what he’s capable of.’’