While the Dolphins have struggled with quarterbacks and offensive linemen over the years, they've had a few good punters. Hopefully Palardy figures to be the next one.
Dave Hyde (News & Observer) wrote:
Palardy, you see, has an interesting tool chest for a team that with creative special teams. It’s not just that he’s left-footed, though that’s such a rarity that when out of a job Conrad would regularly be flown in by teams facing a left-footed kicker the next game. They wanted their returners to practice catching the opposite spin of a right-footed kicker.
Let Conrad explain another part of Palardy’s skill set.
“Mike was never a 70-yard punter,’’ he said. “I think his longest is 63 yards. He’s in the 45-50 range. But he’s ridiculously accurate and extremely consistent. He’s a guy that’s going to put it 5 yards against the sideline so your gunners have a contained area to make the tackle.”
Palardy helped Conrad coach St. Thomas’s special teams during those years he looked for a job. He had a unique drill, too – “something that was absolutely phenomenal,’’ Conrad said. “He’d stand at the 20-yard line and punt to around the other 20.
“But he’d line up receivers to run routes. He’d punt 50 or 60 yards of a perfect spiral. It was like a quarterback throwing the ball, and it’d hit the receivers in stride. That’s what he can do with a ball – the kind of accuracy he has.”
Palardy also performed field goals and kickoffs in college at Tennessee. So there’s an emergency role — or for pooch and onside kicks, as Carolina used him. He also played quarterback for a while at St. Thomas. Remember the Dolphins’ fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown pass? That’s in play.
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