Jets bring back Ryan Quigley to replace Punter Robert Malone
Super-excited,” Quigley said of getting a second chance with the Jets. “It’s like getting the call after the draft when I was signed as a free agent. It’s just an awesome feeling.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said Quigley and Malone had a “tight competition” for the punting job during training camp, before Malone won the job and locked his spot on the team’s roster to begin the regular season. Malone set himself apart from his competition in the Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants. While Quigley’s longest of three punts went as far as 39 yards, Malone averaged 48 yards on his three punts, pinning the G-Men inside the 20 on all three at three attempts.
“When I left, I came off probably my worst game of the preseason and Rob had a great game,” Quigley said. “But I still was just really positive with how I felt punting the ball, I just kept improving, and I knew I was close. I felt like I was a top-32 guy, so you wait for your opportunity.”
Quigley respected the Jets’ decision but remained confident that he’d get another shot in the NFL. So, the 23-year-old kept training on his own, while waiting for the phone to ring with some new opportunities. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first to call, but they didn’t end up signing him. Then the Jets called him up, telling Quigley he’s back on the team.
During the first two games of this season, Malone averaged 46.3 yards per punt, with a net average of 37.1, on 16 punts – ranking 28th in the. Last season, the four-year pro averaged 38.5 net yards on 84 punts, to rank 24th in the league. But Ryan said “consistency was a big issue to Malone.
“Let’s face it,” Ryan said, “he had one of the best punts in Jets history in Week 1, but also some other ones where the hang time wasn’t where we wanted it to be.”
During the Jets’ Thursday night loss to the New England Patriots, Malone pinned Tom Bray and the offense inside the 20 only once on nine punts.
We do think Quigley gives us a little more consistency,” Ryan added.
Prior to joining the Jets, Quigley had a brief stint with the Chicago Bears, who picked him up as an undrafted rookie out of Boston College in 2012. But Quigley will be making his NFL regular-season debut with the Jets, when the tea hosts the Buffalo Bills at the MetLife Stadium for their Week 3 matchup on Sunday.