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When the regular season kicks off on September 9th at the Meadowlands, the Patriots will be sending out a punter not named Josh Miller for the first time since 2003.
|Josh Miller, left, and head coach Bill Belichick, right, after the Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX win in February 2005. (Courtesty of Boston.com)|
Miller, 37, was released by the Patriots Thursday after failing to impress in a training camp battle with unproven punters Danny Baugher and Tom Malone. Miller did not play in the preseason opener in Tampa Bay which led many to believe that his time in New England was running out.
Miller – signed as a free agent from Pittsburgh before the 2004 season – played two full seasons with the Patriots in ’04 and ’05, boasting a net average of 42 and 45 yards respectively and earning a Super Bowl ring in 2004.
Last season Miller played in only 10 games due to injury and his play in training camp was not up to snuff with his young counterparts. Miller has served as the primary holder for former kicker Adam Vinatieri and current place kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Miller’s agent, Glenn Schwartzman, said today, “He enjoyed his time in New England and it was great to win a championship. We’re appreciative of the chance to get on the market a bit early and find Josh a new home.”