Houston Texans Moving on with Trevor Daniel as their Punter; Move on from Shane Lechler

Patrick D. Starr

The Houston Texans have moved on from veteran Shane Lechler as their punter in favor of rookie Trevor Daniel. Daniel was signed as a rookie free agent from Tennessee and was brought in to compete for the punter job with Lechler.

“I had a really good (workout) and I just remember (the Texans) coach telling me, ‘You’d fit in really well with the Texans,’” Daniel said in a radio interview prior to arriving in Houston. “I was thinking maybe that would be a good spot for me, and here I am.”

Heading into the final preseason game,Lechler was averaging 43.8 yards per punt with a 38.6 net average while the younger Daniel is averaging 48.3 per punt (6th in the NFL) and his 43.6 net average ties him for 4th this preseason in the NFL. On production alone, Daniel has outperformed Lechler and it hasn’t been close this preseason.

At Tennessee, Daniel averaged 45.9 yards on exactly 200 punts at Tennessee, and he was remarkably consistent, averaging 45.7 yards per punt as a sophomore, 44.6 yards per punt as a sophomore and 47.5 yards per punt as a senior.

His 45.9-yard-per-punt career average for the Vols was third nationally among all college players this century.


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