Underrated players that can follow Sean Payton to Denver
Blake Gillikin, P
How about a new punter? Could Sean Payton lure a solid right foot to the Broncos? Blake Gillikin has been with the Saints in 2021 and 2022, and has averaged 47.0 yards per punt. He’s got a long of 68 and a whopping 61 career punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
He’s also 25 years old, so this could be a long-term move as well.
The Broncos, for some reason, cut Sam Martin in favor of Corliss Waitman for the 2022 season. To be blunt, Waitman sucked and was horribly inconsistent.
Waitman had just 31% of his punts land inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, while Gillikin had 42% of punts do the same thing.
Gillikin also averaged just .2 fewer yards per punt than Waitman, even though Waitman had the luxury of punting in Denver, where balls tend to travel much farther.
Improving the special teams is something that should be near the top of the list for Sean Payton, and Blake Gillikin seems like someone who could help that.
Signing punters isn’t expensive, so this should not be a huge deal to make.