K Wil Lutz – 8aaf
P Justin Vogel – 7aa
Georgia State fan and ownership favorite had a disappointing 80.8-percent success-rate on field goals last season but he impressively booted in four from beyond 50 yards. There is no reason to give up on his early, but he does need to be more consistent getting those three points for his team when called on. Justin Vogel is a talented rookie with a huge leg in to replace Grant Shaw.
K Harrison Butker – K (8aa) — P (6aa)
K Jordan Gay – 6
Jordan Gay was brought on early in free agency, but like last year when he struggled even to convert extra points with Birmingham, he’s been struggling in camp. But that’s just fine because rookie Harrison Butker looks like the real deal at kicker. Can be punt, though? He’s a nice kickoff guy, so maybe.
K Jake Elliott – 8aa
P Matt Wile – 7aa
With Dan Carpenter and Dave Zastudil both out of town, the Generals are going with a rookie they invested big in and an NFL veteran. Jake Elliott has done great kick and Matt Wile has shown a pretty decent leg on his punts taken in the NFL.
K Josh Lambo – 9a
P Mike Scifres – 9
Josh Lambo took a major step back last year, but we’ll call it a sophomore slump. He was great as a rookie and he’s looking good in this year’s camp. Scifres is 37-years-old, but he was still one of the best punters in the league last year.
K/P Swayze Waters – K (7a) – P (9a)
K Younghoe Koo – 8aa
Swayze Waters is great punter, but there is quite a bit to be desired with him as a kicker. That’s why the team invested in a rookie at kicker instead of trying to save the extra roster spot and making him pull double duty again. They went out and got Younghoe Koo, who after a struggling start in the NFL got back on track in the D-League, where he was great.
K/P Anthony Fera – 6a – 6a
Anthony Fera is still in Dallas, but it’s not quite clear what he’s done to stick around. He didn’t attempt a kick last year and he only averaged 35.6 yards per punt. But he’s all they have.
P Matt Haack – 7aa
K Blair Walsh – 10
The Wranglers offense did not help Blair Walsh at all last season, but he was perfect on his attempts from past 50-yards and is still one of the best around. Matt Haack is a talented rookie who can boot punts down the field.
K/P Kenny Allen – K (7aa) – P (7aa)
K Lirim Hajrullahu – K (7a) – P (6a)
While Lirim Hajrullahu was the veteran signing the Threshers made early, Kenny Allen is a natural kicker and punter who has been better doing both in camp. Allen was great in the D-League too, averaging 42.7 yards per punt with 25 landing inside the 20 while converting 84.6-percent of his kicks, with a perfect mark from beyond 50.
Los Angeles Stars
K Roberto Aguayo – 7aa
P Tom Hackett -10
The stories of these two guys couldn’t be more opposite. Tom Hackett went from a nobody to the best punter in the league while Roberto Aguayo went from a second-round NFL draft pick to unemployed in just a year. He’s trying to revitalize his career in Los Angeles. It’s a huge wonder what happened to him. He was great in college, but just couldn’t make anything in the pros. We’ll have to see what he can do in games.
P Dalton Schomp – 6a
K Josiah Yazdani – 6a
The Cougars should have down two things. First, they should have tried to upgrade over Josiah Yazdani, who was barely above 50-percent on his field goals last season, and was below 90-percent on extra points. They also should have sent Dalton Schomp to the D-League because he’s a small-school guy and we really don’t know what he can do.
K Ty Long – K (7a) – P (7a)
Ty Long came in at the end of last season. He was rushed. Now he’s getting into a rhythm with his long-snapper and is feeling more comfortable out there. The Bombers hope he can solidify special teams last year after their kickers cost them the playoffs last year.
P Riley Dixon – 9aa
K Alex Henery – 10
Alex Henery and Riley Dixon are two of the best in the league. Michigan has put good investments into their special teams. Henery ranked third in the league in kicker points last season. Dixon was fifth in yards per punt.
P Rob Maver – 8.d
K Rene Paredes – K (9) – P (7)
While Rob Maver is starting to lose a little bit off his leg, Rene Paredes is still one of the best around and could sub in as the punter if Maver struggles at all. Paredes is as reliable as ever kicking in field goals.
P Tom Hornsey – 10
K Sawyer Petre – 7
Tom Hornsey is among the very best punters around, ranking third in the league last season with 48.3 yards per punt and a long of 60 yards while in New Orleans. We don’t know a ton about what Petre can do in the SFL. He came over late last season for New Orleans when Mike Nugent struggled. Petre only attempted five picks. He’s not terrible, though, but could be improved on. But both provide the expansion Cottonmouths with quality veterans.
New Orleans Nightmare
K/P Christopher Milo – 7
Losing Tom Hornsey and Sawyer Petre left the Nightmare without any specialists. They convinced Chris Milo not to retire. He’s a solid veteran who has been doing it for a long time.
New York Marauders
K/P Sean Whyte – K (10) – P (8)
Sean Whyte is a tremendous specialists who has been able to play both positions for the Marauders. Whyte led the league in field goals attempted and made last season. He also ranked third in field goal percentage. Meanwhile, as a punter he had a league-best 70-yard punt, showing his booming leg.
K/P Brett Maher – K (9a) – P (8a)
Consistent, reliable and with a leg. Brett Maher is one of the best dual-threat specialists around. He had one of the highest field goal percentages in the league last year, with a lot of long makes too. As a punter, he led the league in touchbacks.
P Matt Darr – 9
K Justin Medlock – 9
P/K Rigoberto Sanchez – K (6a) – P (7aa)
Could the Rockets go with the one dual-threat specialists instead of using up two roster spots? It’s possible after drafting Rigoberto Sanchez, but Matt Darr and Justin Medlock are still better at going the things they specialize in.
K Andrew Franks – 9a
P Dalton Parks – 6aa
P Jacob Schum – 7
Andrew Franks is coming off a great season with the Bulldogs and is becoming a fan favorite because of it. But while he’s locked down kicker, the Bulldogs will need to replace the retired Ricky Schmitt. They brought in rookie Dalton Parks from the D-League, but he only averaged 40 yards per punt down there. Jacob Schum is a veteran who isn’t too much better.
K Ross Martin – 8
P Will Monday – 8a
Ross Martin didn’t have terribly high expectations last season but turned out to be one of the best kickers around, finishing second in total kicker points. Now a lot of that had to do with the offense constantly getting him in position for field goals and extra points, but it was still a nice effort by him. Will Monday did a very nice job averaging 42.7 yards per punt with a long of 60.
San Antonio Marshalls
K/P Sergio Castillo – K (7a) – P (8a)
K Nich Pertuit – 9d
P Austin Rehkow – 6aa
K Aldrick Rosas – 7a
Nick Pertuit is still a very reliable kicker and led the league in kicker points in 2017. Having a great offense does help that and he was only 82.1-percent on his attempts with just one 50-yard field goal, but he’s still a guy the Marshalls should have a lot of faith in. With Ryan Allen going to the NFL on a huge contract the Marshalls have to find a new punter. Sergio Castillo seems to be leading the way and it might be wise to keep him because he can also kick.
San Diego Diablos
P Lachlan Edwards – 8aa
K Andy Phillips – 6a
Lachlan Edwards is a very sturdy veteran that the expansion Diablos were able to get away from Nashville but Andy Phillips is a big question mark at kicker.
K/P Boris Bede – K (6) – P (7)
K Brad Craddock – (7a)
The Orcas specialists might be better than their numbers show. Boris Bede averaged only 35.4 yards per punt but his hang time didn’t allow for much of a return ever. Brad Craddock had some important performances down the stretch and had six beyond 50-yards, even though he only completed 71.9-percent of his attempts.
St. Louis Stallions
K Andrew Baggett – 6a
P Alex Knight – 6a
St. Louis went with two local guys for their specialists. Not too much should be expected from them, but maybe they will exceed expectations.
K/P Ryan Hawkins – 7aa
Last season the then-Scorpions struggled converting field goals. While Richie Leone was a good punter, he made only 75.8-percent of the field goals he attempted, and only 77.1-percent of the extra points he made. That led the the team giving a good, hard look at Ryan Hawkins in the D-League, and his performance at both a kicker and punter in the D-League solidified his spot on this roster as the dual-threat specialists.
P Josh Bartel – 7
K Tyler Crapinga – 7a
Washington could be worse with their specialists, but they could certainly be better. Josh Bartel and Tyler Crapinga are sturdy veterans who won’t really cost the Wave anything.