Ravens P Sam Koch Wouldn't Mind Some Competition

Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch is in his third consecutive pre-season as the only kicker in Ravens' training camp, and while he appreciates the faith the club has in him, Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun reports that Koch wouldn't mind a little competition.

"I do prefer it (competing against another punter), but I’ve also told people that my expectations could be a lot higher than somebody else’s," Koch said. "Watching somebody else punt every day could help me make myself better, but then again, my expectations are a lot higher. So I tend to pride (myself) on that and get myself better just on my expectations."

Koch isn't the only lonesome punter on NFL rosters this summer. Of the over 2,500 players on the strict 80-man rosters--instituted before camps opened in 2008 with the dissolution of NFL Europe exemptions--only 37 were punters. Currently, there are 33 active punters on NFL rosters, with the only competition taking place between Tim Masthay and Chris Bryan, who are vying for the Green Bay Packers' punting job.

Since being chosen out of Nebraska with the 203rd overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Koch has averaged 38.1 yards on 321 punts, putting 110 inside the opponents' 20-yard line. A restricted free agent this off-season, Koch was tendered at the "Second Round" level, and barring a contract extension, will earn a $1.759 million base salary this season.

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