Well, this announcement was short and to the point.
Browns have waived Punter T.J. Conley.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 22, 2013
In grand scheme of “high-profile” position battles during NFL training camp, the battle for the punting job with the Cleveland Browns isn’t high on the list. However, it is still a crucial role on any NFL squad, and apparently, former South Carolina punter Spencer Lanning has outlasted former Idaho punter TJ Conley to claim the job.
The Browns’ release of Conley made it official, but Lanning’s performance in the second preseason game (where he got all of the work) likely put the nail in the coffin.
Conley’s last full-time work came with the New York Jets in 2011, where he averaged 42.7 yards per punt while playing all 16 games. In contract, this will presumably be the first full-time gig for Lanning, who has never appeared in a regular season NFL game.
Lanning is now the only punter on the active roster for the Browns, further announcing his future role as the starter. It isn’t completely out of the question that the team could bring in an available veteran to finish off the competition, but with only 2 weeks before live action, the job is unquestionably Lanning’s to lose.