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Donnie Jones signs with Texans

Discussion in 'RAMS - NFL TALK' started by -X-, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    Evan Silva
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... nie-jones/

    A league source tells Florio that punter Donnie Jones has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.

    Jones, who turns 32 before the season, spent the last five years punting for the Rams. His 37.0 net average in 2011 was the worst of that tenure, and ranked 31st in the NFL.

    The Texans are in search of competition and insurance for Brett Hartmann, who is coming off torn ACL and facing a three-game suspension to open the 2012 season.

    Health allowing after the suspension ends, Hartmann shouldn’t struggle to beat out Jones.

    :boohoo:
     
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  2. Barrison Well-Known Member

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    Wow... How do you let our pro bowl level punter walk, bad move on us.
     
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  3. DR RAM Rams Lifer

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    He kicked a lot of great punt returns, plus too much money. He had a really bad year.
     
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  4. libertadrocks Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I knew he had a bad year, just from watching. Didnt realized how bad it really was till I saw those stats. wow. One of the highest paid punters in the NFL ranking 31st in the most important stat is not good.
     
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  5. bluecoconuts Well-Known Member

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    Anyone out there to replace him, or should we look to a rookie?
     
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  6. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    Didn't we already sign a younger punter at half of Jones' salary? Hope he's at least as good.

    Edit: Tom Malone - doesn't look like he has ever had a regular season punt in the NFL. Yikes! Oh well, at least 24 will like him - He's a former Trojan. :lmao:
     
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  7. DR RAM Rams Lifer

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    I thought they brought someone in already, but i can't remember who..and old vet if i remember right.

    Jones failed to give us the short field...EVER last year, and it really hurt us when we had the opportunity to pin a team down. He just seemed to lose his directional kicking skills. He wasn't great the previous year either, but before that he was golden, IMO.
     
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  8. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    Yeah - maybe we wore out his leg. :evil:
     
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  9. steferfootball Active Member

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    Agreed. He got bad quickly. In 09 he had an Andy Lee-esk season no one cared though cause he plays for the Rams, too bad he deteriorated that quickly.
     
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  10. Barrison Well-Known Member

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    Guess I never looked at the stat-line for punters very often, now that i know this, good riddance.
     
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  11. Angry Ram aka Captain RAmerica aka the OG Rammer

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    Aww he's such a nice guy. At lease he went to a team I like to root for.
     
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  12. Ramhusker Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    It seems once Massey left, Jones and Brown went downhill. Brown next?
     
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  13. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    Yes. And believe it or not, that phenomenon is commonly referred to as, "The Massey Curse." That's what happens when you release THE best long-snapper in all the league. Only one bad snap in his entire career, and he's cast aside like yesterday's gahhbage. Reap what you sow.
     
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  14. Lesson Well-Known Member

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    Eh, I don't see the huge issue. It was due to the cap. Oh well. I could see Jones being cut by the Texans in the preseason just as easily for the Rams to draft or sign an UDFA punter who will average 40+ yards per punt.
     
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  15. superfan24 Active Member

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    I liked Donnie even though he didn't have a good year last season, but he usually seemed to be a pro bowl contender.
    Well I'm sure there won't be an Irish punter anytime soon, their punters are absolutely awful lol
     
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  16. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    You saw the aftermath of the curse last year, did you not? Only Chris Massey can release the Rams of this plague upon their roster. So you better hope he decides to let bygones be bygones sometime soon. We're sorry, Chris. Please find it within your infinitely caring soul to forgive the sins levied against you.
     
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  17. JdashSTL Well-Known Member

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    I bet Patrick Peterson was a little sad when he found out this news :hehe: :sly:
     
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