Seven Aussies Take Part in This Year’s NFL Training Camps

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It may soon be time for an NFL franchise in Sydney if the population of Aussies playing in the NFL continues to expand.

When the training camps officially got underway, seven Australians were taking part. Four of those are punters, including Tom Hackett and Lachlan Edwards of the New York Jets. Hackett was recently released, more out of salary cap considerations than punting skill, and it is hard to imagine him not winding up with another team at some time during the season, as his college career established his bona fides. He could wind up in Denver, where General Manager John Elway, notoriously frugal, will be eyeing incumbent punter Britton Colquitt’s $3.25 million salary for 2016 with skepticism.

Brad Wing punts for the New York Giants, is well established and recently signed a new contract. Jordan Berry joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 and was more than adequate, but the Steelers needed his services only 59 times in 2015, third lowest in the league.

Blake Muir will be attempting to make the San Francisco 493rs as an offensive lineman and comes out of college as a two-time All-Big 12 player for powerhouse Baylor University.

Adam Gotsis was the Denver Bronco’s second round pick and figures to make the rotation during his rookie season as a defensive lineman.

David Yankey reported to his new team, the Carolina Panthers, after playing two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. After being selected by Minnesota with the 145th overall draft pick in 2014, Yankey appears well qualified to help the Panthers get back to the Super Bowl.