“Scottish Hammer” wins Browns punting job over vet Colquitt

“Scottish Hammer” wins Browns punting job over vet Colquitt
Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan practices taking a snap during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) (Source: David Richard)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns undrafted rookie punter Jamie Gillan, nicknamed "The Scottish Hammer," has beaten out veteran Britton Colquitt.

Gillan won the starting job with solid performances in the past two preseason games, but it's still surprising the Browns would take him over Colquitt, who was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and has spent nine seasons in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl ring with Denver.

With his long hair and thick Scottish accent, Gillan has quickly become a fan favorite in Cleveland. He has a booming right leg and had a 74-yard punt in an exhibition game against Indianapolis.

Colquitt played three years with the Browns, and last year set a team record with 32 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Gillan has also improved on his holding skills and said Thursday night he was excited about being paired with fellow rookie kicker Austin Seibert, expected to make Cleveland's roster over incumbent Greg Joseph.


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