The Washington Redskins on Saturday announced they have reached a five-year contract extension with punter
A stronger punting game has been a major component to the Washington Redskins' special teams resurgence the past couple seasons.
The man kicking those punts, Tress Way, was rewarded for his performance on Saturday.
Way has excelled since winning the Redskins' punting job in the final week of the 2014 preseason.
A lefty, Way in 2014 became the first member of the Redskins to lead the NFL in punting for a season since Sam Baker in 1958. The Oklahoma product finished with the fourth-best gross average in team history, trailing only Sammy Baugh's full-season NFL record (51.4 yards per punt in 1940) and Baugh's 1941 and 1942 campaigns (48.7 and 48.2).
His 40.0-yard net punting average was the highest by a Redskins punter in records dating back to 1976, surpassing Matt Turk's mark of 39.2 net yards set in both 1996 and 1997.
Last season, Way battled some inconsistencies early to get back on track with 70 total punts for an average of 46.1 yards per punt - a net average of 39.8 yards per kick.
"The thing that you have with Tress is you have a very strong-legged punter, so he can drive the football down the field, but what you have to do is temper that of course with the hang time," special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said. "So I think we were able to do that after Week 4 and 5, did an excellent job down the stretch ... He did an excellent job there down the stretch and I think there’s a lot of upside with Tress.”