When the Miami Dolphins made the decision to keep undrafted rookie Matt Darr over incumbent punter Brandon Fields, many were somewhat surprised. Darr quickly eliminated any concerns.
Matt Darr – punter
2016 salary – $525,000
Darr, like Franks is making the league minimum in 2016 but Darr really outplayed his salary in 2015. Darr was extremely consistent on his punts and averaged 47.6 yards on 92 punts. He only had 10 touchbacks in 2015 and placed 30 punts inside the 20 yard line clearly giving the Dolphins defense much needed advantage. His longest kick was 70 yards.
Darr has a bright future in the NFL and he played his first season with little worry. In fact he was flagged for unnecessary roughness on one punt return. Dan Campbell called him a tough as nails punter. Darr plays physical after the ball is off his foot and isn’t afraid to hit when he has to.
2015 grade – A
Why an “A”?
Darr was the highlight of the Dolphins speciality players this season and his future with the team is bright. He won’t likely face competion heading into the 2016 season and if he does, it shouldn’t be much for him to handle.