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|NASHVILLE Authentic Connor McDavid Jersey , Tenn. (AP) Brett Kern turns a football into a weapon when he punts, pinning opponents near their goal line or leaving returners nowhere to run by angling a ball right at the sideline.
After the Tennessee Titans punter boomed a 74-yarder in a win over Cincinnati, matching the longest punt this season, the NFL came calling with a random drug test.
Yes, of a punter, and thatâ€™s why heâ€™s the leagueâ€™s No. 1 player at his position in The Associated Press positional rankings released Friday.
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Kern received six of 11 first-place votes in a 10-points-to-one-point system for 100 points and an easy margin over Oaklandâ€™s Marquette King (86). Kern keeps getting better every year, and he appears headed toward the first Pro Bowl berth with the best season of his career.
â€ťA 10-year veteran few outside of Music City have heard of,â€ť said AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner, whoâ€™s based in New York. â€ťBut Kernâ€™s numbers are brilliant for a team with a so-so offense.â€ť
The Titans punter leads the NFL averaging 51.4 yards per punt, which would tie the NFL record for a season set by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh in 1940 if Kern keeps that pace over the final four games. Kern also leads the league with a 45.4-yard net average. APâ€™s Simmi Buttar http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/da_ron-payne-jersey , also based in New York, notes Kern has 30 punts of at least 50 yards this season.
Kern is in his ninth season with Tennessee after being claimed off waivers from Denver in 2009. APâ€™s Josh Dubow, based in San Francisco, said Kern has had a major boost in production, improving his gross and net averages by about 7 yards each to top this list.
For APâ€™s Dave Campbell based in Minnesota, Kern averaging more than 50 yards per punt was enough.
â€ťAnd to paraphrase Forrest Gump: Thatâ€™s about all you have to say about that,â€ť Campbell said.
King also is having the best season of his career, averaging 49.2 yards per punt.
â€ťHeâ€™s not just an excellent punter, heâ€™s got swagger and he doesnâ€™t care that haters just want him to punt and shut up,â€ť said APâ€™s Rob Maaddi http://www.seattleseahawksteamonline.com/michael-dickson-jersey , based in Philadelphia.
The Ramsâ€™ Johnny Hekker was the only other punter receiving multiple first-place votes with three, and he finished fourth in the rankings with 74 points. Houstonâ€™s Shane Lechler and Baltimoreâ€™s Sam Koch also got one each, and Lechler finished third with 74 points.
Only Kern, King, Hekker and Lechler were on all 11 ballots, with 21 punters receiving votes.
â€ťLechler keeps on kickinâ€™ at 41 years old, and he remains one of the games steadiest and most consistent punters,â€ť said APâ€™s Dennis Waszak, based in New York. â€ťThe seven-time Pro Bowl selection is the NFLâ€™s career leader in punting average at 47.5 yards and has the leagueâ€™s longest active streak of games played.â€ť
A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hekker led the NFL with 51 punts inside the 20 last season. He isnâ€™t getting as many opportunities to kick this season with Los Angelesâ€™ offense humming along so well.
â€ťHekker is easily the leagueâ€™s best punter with the power for long kicks and the control to avoid touchbacks http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey ,â€ť Dubow said. â€ťHe can even throw it as well with nine completions on fakes.â€ť
Koch leads the NFL placing 31 punts inside the 20, and heâ€™s tied for the second-most punts this season with 66. He finished fifth in the rankings.
â€ťConsistently outstanding, an inside-the-20 machine, and plays a big role in Justin Tuckerâ€™s success as Baltimoreâ€™s holder,â€ť Maaddi said.
Dallasâ€™ Chris Jones finished sixth with 27 points.
â€ťOnly Koch has dropped more punts inside the 20-yard line than Jones,â€ť Campbell said.
Thomas Morstead of New Orleans ranked seventh with 25 points. Kevin Huber of Cincinnati and Clevelandâ€™s Britton Colquitt tied for eighth with 18 points. Carolinaâ€™s Michael Palardy, in just his second season, rounded out the Top 10.
EDITORâ€™S NOTE â€“ The Associated Press is ranking the top 10 players at a different position every week of the NFL season, based on votes by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton and AP football writers Simmi Buttar, Dave Campbell Eagles Josh Sweat Jersey , Schuyler Dixon, Josh Dubow, Howard Fendrich, Rob Maaddi, Arnie Stapleton, Teresa M. Walker, Dennis Waszak Jr. and Barry Wilner. This feature is sent on Fridays.
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