Packers trade for punter, waive JK Scott

The Green Bay Packers traded for the top punter in the NFL in the 2020 season and put former Alabama All-American JK Scott on waivers on Tuesday.

With NFL teams reducing their preseason rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 active-roster players on Tuesday, the Packers acquired Corey Bojorquez and a 2023 seventh-round draft choice from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Scott then became one of the 26 players released by Green Bay to reach the roster limit before Tuesday afternoon’s NFL-mandated deadline.

Scott joined the Packers as a fifth-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. During his three seasons with Green Bay, Scott averaged 44.61 yards on 194 punts. Among players with at least 100 punts, Scott’s average ranks 28th in the NFL since he entered the league.

Scott’s net average during his career is 39.20 yards per punt after he dipped to a net of 37.8 in the 2020 season.

During the Packers’ three preseason games this month, Scott averaged 45.1 yards per punt with a 40.0-yard net.

Green Bay had punter Ryan Winslow with the team in training camp, but he was waived after splitting punts with Scott in the Packers’ first preseason game.

During the Packers’ preseason finale on Saturday, Green Bay punted twice, and placekicker Mason Crosby made one of the punts. Packers coach Matt LeFleur said Scott was dealing with a cramp at the time of Crosby’s punt.

After averaging 43.07 yards per punt in 24 games in his first two seasons with Buffalo, Bojorquez led the NFL in punting with a 50.8-yard average for the Bills in 2020.

Bojorquez signed with the Rams in April, but Los Angeles decided to continue with Johnny Hekker as its punter. Hekker has handled the punting for the Rams for the previous nine seasons, and he has been a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro four times.

Bojorquez averaged 51.9 yards on seven punts in the preseason.

“I think we had two starting punters on our roster,” Rams coach Sean McVay said after Tuesday’s practice. “Clearly, Corey did an amazing job of maximizing the upside and the interest from teams out there, knowing that -- hey, I think everybody would agree both he and Johnny are two of the best guys at doing what they’re doing.”

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.


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