3. Jamie Gillan, P, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
First up is none other than ‘The Scottish Hammer‘ Jamie Gillan who has a shot to make the Browns as a punter — although he did handle both those duties as well as the placekicking responsibilities for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
During his time at the small Arkansas school, Gillan was 46-of-74 on field goals and averaged just over 42-yards per punt. This number isn’t spectacular, but he was asked to kick in more of a rugby-style as he would run toward the sideline while kicking the ball. This helped his teammates cover the punt as they flooded that side of the field, but makes it hard to scout him as a traditional punter.
He will be given every opportunity in the preseason to show he can handle a more conventional style of punting and if he does well, there’s a chance he makes the roster. Currently, Cleveland has a very talented punter in Britton Colquitt, but he does count $2.7 million against the salary cap this season and all that could be saved should he be released — according to OverTheCap.com.
Should Gillan prove to be anywhere near as effective as Colquitt, there would be a strong temptation to go with the much more affordable option. Not only would he save money, but Gillan’s ability to play the placekicking role could come in handy if there were ever an injury to their other kicking specialist.