NFL News of July 28, 2004

When your biggest problem is the punter, you’re generally in good shape. That sums up where the Patriots were last year when they won their second NFLchampionship in three years.

That’s why of all the fresh faces that will be on display at training camp starting tomorrow, perhaps none is more welcome than Josh Miller, the ninth-year veteran punter who will assume the reins from the embattled Ken Walter.

Walter was a favored holder of Adam Vinatieri, but behind Walter, the Pats ranked 31st in gross average (37.1 yards) and 26th in net average (33.5 yards).

Enter Miller, who has a big leg to go along with the ability to pooch one near the end zone. In 2003 for Pittsburgh, he was sixth in the AFC in both gross (41.9) and net (36.0) average. Miller also had 27 kicks downed inside the 20, tied for third-most in the AFC. He led the NFL in that category in 1998 (34) and was second in 2000 (also 34).

—Michael Felger, The Boston Herald “New punter will be welcome”

Miller remained with the Patriots through the 2006, when he was injured and place on injured reserve. The Patriots resigned Walter for the remainder of the 2006 season. Both Miller and Walter were released by the team before the 2007 season.

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