Through the years, the Philadelphia Eagles have had a virtual revolving door at punter.
It has been extremely difficult to find one who would stick for a while.
Heading into the 2014 season, that’s one question which certainly seems to have been answered.
The Eagles signed Donnie Jones to a three-year deal for $6 million last month and that has to be considered a bargain.
Jones was fantastic in every way for the Eagles last season.
Jones’ net average of 40.4 yards was the top mark in franchise history. He also placed 33 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Who can forget Jones’ booming 70-yard punt against the Washington Redskins? A 24-0 Eagles lead was slowly evaporating and it could have been an 11th straight home loss at Lincoln Financial Field.
It was that 70-yard punt which helped to preserve the win. The punt landed at the Redskins 4-yard line and they proceeded to drive the ball to the Eagles’ 18 before Brandon Boykin intercepted Robert Griffin III’s pass.
Then in the 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Jones sent a punt to the 1-yard line, where it should have been downed. But Roc Carmichael couldn’t corral the ball and it landed in the end zone for a touchback.
The 33-year-old Jones proved his mettle all of last season. There’s no reason to believe he won’t repeat the feat again in '14.