Jamie Gillan, better known as The Scottish Hammer, has been informed he won the punting job with the Cleveland Browns which was the right move
First off, no disrespect is meant toward veteran punter Britton Colquitt, but the Cleveland Browns absolutely made the right call by deciding to stick with undrafted free agent Jamie Gillan — who is better known as The Scottish Hammer.
Colquitt comes from punting royalty as he has several family members who have kicked in the NFL and he himself has had a fantastic career. A former Super Bowl winner, Colquitt has been in the league for nine seasons and spent the past three with the Browns.
He has a healthy career average of 45.4 yards per punt and actually was at 46.1 in his three seasons with Cleveland. Even with all that being true, the Browns decision to stick with the younger and more affordable Gillan, who was able to shine in the preseason.
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Gillan showed off his powerful leg on many occasions, including one kick that ended up going for 74-yards. Yes, he had the help of a fortunate bounce, but that thing was sailing far even had it not been allowed to hit the turf. Even more impressive than the distance was his hang-time, which was constantly clocked in the five-seconds range.
On top of his ability to flip field position, The Scottish Hammer added three special teams tackles as the former rugby player proved he had no issues getting in the action when the opponent is running the ball back.
Factoring all that in, and realizing Colquitt had no guaranteed money meaning they would save more than $2.5 million by moving on and it seems like it was an easy decision — but that wasn’t exactly the case.
One of the underrated parts of Colquitt’s job was to hold on field goals. Gillan had never done this as he was the placekicker at Arkansas-Pine Bluff as well as the punter. However, he proved during the preseason he could handle this job which is what ended up leading to him winning the role.
Already a fan favorite, the news that The Scottish Hammer is staying in The Land is sure to get fans pumped up as we prepare for the 2019 NFL Season.