Bradley Pinion likely starter for 49ers
|2015-06-07 09:41:02.0- -||
The San Franscisco 49ers have traded their former Pro-Bowl punter Andy Lee to Cleveland for a seventh-round pick according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The cap-saving trade has thrusted rookie punter Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
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Pinion was drafted in the 5th round (#165th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft and was the first specialist taken.
He is the first punter drafted by Clemson since Chris Gardocki was drafted in the third round in 1991. He can also be used a long-field goal specialist as he has range from from around midfield.
Pinion averaged 42.6 yards per punt, fifth-best in the ACC, in 2014. He had 28 punts inside the 20 to lead the ACC and break his own school record for a season. He also had 17 punts of 50+ yards, tied for third-most in the ACC, and just two touchbacks. He finished the 2014 season with a net punting average of 40.3, sixth-best in Tiger history and the second-best mark by a Tiger since 1984. He had five punts for a 43.4-yard average in his final game, the Tigers' 40-6 victory over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
He also handled kickoffs and had 36 touchbacks on his 74 kickoffs in 2014. He had 102 touchbacks in 178 career kickoffs.
Cleveland is trading a 7th-round pick in 2017 to San Francisco for three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2015
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