The last guy you want to see on the field is your punter. It means your team has failed to capitalize on an opportunity.
However, tonight, San Francisco 49er fans might be hoping to see punter Andy Lee at least once, just for the giggles.
According to Lee, the longtime Niners punter has been working on a ‘knuckle punt’ in practice and plans to unleash it during the 49ers final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers tonight.
Per CSN Bay Area:
He’s looking for the perfect opportunity to break out his knuckle punt.
“It’s definitely something I want to do in a game to see how it actually happens in a live situation,” Lee said. “In practice, you can do things and you can mimic as much as you can, but you never really know how a new thing you’re going to do is going to react in a game situation. So I’d love to hopefully be able to pull it out and try it and see if it’s something I can work in my regular routine.”
Kyle Williams vividly remembers the first time Lee sent a knuckle punt his way. It came during a special teams practice his rookie year.
“I turned to Ted Ginn and said, ‘What the hell was that?’” Williams said. “It’s just like a knuckleball in baseball. It’s floating up there, and it will change direction probably three or four times within the last 5 yards, 10 yards, and then it’s right there. It’s tough to deal with.”
Williams needs no convincing, no matter what the stadium.
“It’s literally sideways, and then it just kind of shifts around,” Williams said. “It moves around. It’s tough. If he can get that down all the time, that’s going to be tough to deal with.”