Masthay boots first 'complete game' vs. Vikings

Ryan Wood
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His production was easy to overlook Thursday night, but punter Tim Masthay was one of the Green Bay Packers' best players on the field against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers punter Tim Masthay during minicamp practice at Ray Nitschke Field, Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Green Bay's special teams trapped Minnesota in poor field position throughout its 42-10 win at Lambeau Field. The Vikings' average field position was their 18-yard line. Following Masthay's six punts, the Vikings' average starting field position was their 12-yard line.

Masthay averaged 50.7 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. The fifth-year punter pinned the Vikings inside their 20-yard line five times – tying a career-high from his rookie season – with only one touchback.

"That was great production with five kicks inside the 20, and we forced them to start seven drives inside the 20," special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said Monday. "That helped us.

"I thought Thursday night was the first time (Masthay) really had a complete game. I felt good about it."

Masthay had a slow start to his season, averaging less than 40 yards on four punts against the Seattle Seahawks. He didn't punt in the Packers win against the Chicago Bears, only the second game in NFL history that featured no punts from either team.

After five weeks, Masthay is one of five NFL punters with eight punts inside the 20-yard line and only a single touchback. His 42.6-yard net average on 19 punts ranks seventh in the league.

"I think it's a big deal," Slocum said. "I think net punt is important to look at because you're maximizing that play with the exchange of possession of the football." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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