Lac Edwards
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Edwards with the New York Jets in 2017
Personal information
Born: (1992-04-27) 27 April 1992 (age 30)
Hastings, Victoria, Australia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Mornington Secondary College
(Mornington, Victoria, Australia)
College:Sam Houston State
Position:Punter
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 7 / Pick: 235
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2021
Punts:358
Punt yards:16,347
Punt average:45.7
Inside 20:110
Player stats at NFL.com

Lachlan Edwards (born 27 April 1992) is an Australian professional American football punter who is a free agent. He played college football at Sam Houston State University.

Early life

Edwards was born in Hastings, Victoria, and attended Mornington Secondary College.[1] In his youth, he was a promising player of Australian rules football, winning selection for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup (Victoria's under-18 competition). Edwards subsequently went on to the North Ballarat Football Club, who play in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He spent three years on North Ballarat's list, but was unsuccessful in his attempts to be drafted into the Australian Football League (AFL).[2] Prior to emigrating to the United States, Edwards attended the University of Ballarat, where he represented the university in Australian rules football, rugby, cricket, and track and field. He was selected to the 2012 All-Australian University team.[citation needed]

College career

Sam Houston State University

Edwards was selected to the All-Southland Conference First-team and Sports Network FCS All-America third-team. Edwards led the NCAA with a 44.4 yard punting average.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 4+18 in
(1.93 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
32+38 in
(0.82 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

New York Jets

On 30 April 2016, Edwards was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round (235th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.[6][7] As a rookie in 2016, Edwards appeared in 16 games making 75 punts with 3,236 total punting yards, 24 attempts inside the 20, one attempt blocked, 59 yards at the longest, six landed out of bounds, and four touchbacks.[8][9] In Week 4, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he completed his first professional pass attempt, which went for 31 yards to Marcus Williams.[10] Overall, in the 2017 season, he had 94 punts for 4,378 net yards for a 46.57 average.[11]

Buffalo Bills

Edwards signed with the Buffalo Bills on 19 August 2020, but was waived eight days later.[12][13]

Los Angeles Chargers

On 2 December 2020, Edwards was signed to the Los Angeles Chargers' practice squad.[14] He was released on 7 December.[15] He re-signed to the practice squad on 12 December.[16] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on 5 January 2021.[17] He was waived on 16 August.

Detroit Lions

On September 25, 2021, Edwards was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad, but was released two days later.[18]

Carolina Panthers

On October 26, 2021, Edwards was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad.[19] He was promoted to the active roster on November 8, 2021.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ Taylor, Stephen (10 May 2016). "Punter lands a first for Australia". MPNEWS. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ Lachlan Edwards lands NFL contract with New York Jets
  3. ^ "Player Stats - Lac Edwards - Sam Houston State Bearkats - washingtonpost.com". stats.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Lachlan Edwards Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  5. ^ "2016 Draft Scout Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Jets Select Lachlan Edwards With the 235th Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft". ganggreennation.com. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ Johnson, Logan. "Why the New York Jets should embrace Aussie rules". isportsweb. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Lac Edwards 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "2016 NFL Kicking & Punting". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets - October 1st, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Lac Edwards 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  12. ^ Glab, Maddy (19 August 2020). "Bills sign punter Lachlan Edwards". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Bills release kicker Stephen Hauschka and punter Lachlan Edwards". BuffaloBills.com. 27 August 2020.
  14. ^ @Chargers (2 December 2020). "We've signed P Lachlan Edwards to our practice squad" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 January 2021 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Bouda, Nate (7 December 2020). "NFL Transactions: Monday 12/7". NFLTradeRumors.co. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Chargers Activate Justin Jackson from Injured Reserve". Chargers.com. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Re-Sign 10 Players to Contracts". Chargers.com. 5 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Detroit Lions sign P Lachlan Edwards, LS Beau Brinkley to practice squad". Pride of Detroit. SB Nation. 25 September 2021.
  19. ^ Gantt, Darin (26 October 2021). "Panthers place John Miller on IR, waive punter Ryan Winslow". Panthers.com.
  20. ^ Gantt, Darin (8 November 2021). "Panthers place two starting linemen on injured reserve". Panthers.com.