SPECIALISTS: Competition for Mesko?

SPECIALISTS: Competition for Mesko?
July 11, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Returning:
Stephen Gostkowski - Kicker - 8th season
Zoltan Mesko - Punter - 4th season
Danny Aiken - Long snapper - 3rd season

Incoming:
Ryan Allen - Punter - Rookie
Mike Zupancic - Long snapper - Rookie

News of note: Ryan Allen, a highly decorated player out of Louisiana Tech, is Zoltan Mesko's first competition in three years. And he's no slouch. Allen was a two-time Ray Guy Award winner who averaged 48 yards per punt in 2012. Though he went undrafted, the 6-2, 215-pounder is considered an excellent pickup and shouldn't have trouble landing on the practice squad. This season marks the last on Mesko's rookie contract, so perhaps Allen is insurance against the current starter bolting during free agency.

Mike Zupancic's signing appears less interesting. It's hard to imagine the 6-5, 240-pound Eastern Michigan product was signed for anything other than keeping Danny Aiken from getting too comfortable during camp.