When the Texans signed former Philadelphia Eagles punter Cam Johnston to a three-year, $8 million contract as the replacement for Bryan Anger, they acquired a feisty, strong-legged former Australian Rules football player.
Johnston once body slammed New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
A former All-Big Ten Conference selection and Big Ten Punter of the Year at Ohio State, Johnston, 29, has a career 47.0 average with a long punt of 68 yards. For the past three seasons, had a 41.87 net average. Johnston receives a $1 million signing bonus and $3 million guaranteed. Instead of being retained with a restricted free agent tender, Johnston hit free agency after averaging 46.7 yards last season.
Since acquiring Johnston, the Texans have watched his booming hang time during organized team activities. It's evident that Johnston is going to boost the special teams.
“He’s a young punter that’s been in the league a few years and that his upside is really, really good," Texans coach David Culley said. "He has a very strong leg. (Special teams coordinator) Frank (Ross) and (assistant special teams coach) Sean (Baker) studied him along with others throughout this process. When he was available and we were able to have a chance to talk to him and have a chance to add him to the mix, we feel like we’ve added a guy with a lot of upside that would fit right in well here. We’re so happy to have him here because just like what you said, you see him out there, he can put that thing up there pretty good.”
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years and has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128