Twitter buzzes after Bills' Matt Araiza boots 82-yard punt in debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Punt God has arrived.
Matt Araiza, a rookie sixth-round pick for the Buffalo Bills, was one of the hottest prospects in the draft. He regularly booted monster punts while at San Diego State, earning the Ray Guy Award as the best punter in the nation last year.
Araiza’s first kick of the preseason ended in a touchback – something that punters generally want to avoid. But this was different, because Araiza’s punt traveled an incredible 82 yards before settling in the opposite end zone.
The net turned out to be 62 yards after the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line, which is still 12 yards longer than the best net average last season. The kick left Araiza’s foot at the Bills’ 8-yard line and landed at the Colts’ 14-yard line, meaning it traveled 78 yards in the air.
Understandably, Araiza’s punt sparked plenty of conversation on social media.
A few former players weighed in:
There were several jaw-dropping statistics:
And most of all, there was just general chaos in the minutes afterward:
Araiza is currently in a competition with Matt Haack to earn the starting job. But if that first punt is any indication, the rookie should lock up the job rather quickly.