Last year, he regained the job he’s held since 2008 when he was signed the week of the regular-season opener.
This year, he officially got it back Monday, when the Packers cut Derek Hart to give the job to Goode for a 10th season. Goode was re-signed two weeks ago after the field goal operation looked shaky with a rookie snapper and holder (punter Justin Vogel).
The awkwardness of it, however, is that Goode and Hart have the same agent, Kevin Gold.
“It’s different,” Goode admitted Monday. “But it’s just the way it worked out.”
It means the Packers have settled two-thirds of their specialists with Goode and kicker Mason Crosby. The two have picked up where they left off. Despite being unsigned and working out on his own all offseason, Goode has been sharp.
“The great thing about it is for us, the punter and holder isn’t really running and moving, so being able to practice that at home helps that process a lot,” Goode said of snapping. “I think it would be a lot different if I was a quarterback trying to throw to receivers on the move.”
The only issue now is whether Vogel will be the punter (and the holder for Crosby). Vogel’s hang time (an average of 4.59 seconds on four punts) was excellent in Saturday’s preseason game, but that’s to be expected in the thin air and altitude of Denver. However, his net average was just 38.3 yards and had no punts downed inside the 20 with one touchback.
Vogel has a net average of 42.6 yards in 17 preseason punts. He has seven inside the 20 and just the one touchback. The undrafted rookie from Miami has one more chance in Thursday's preseason finale to show special teams coach Ron Zook and the Packers that he can handle the job.
“He knows he’s just got to be consistent,” Zook said last week. "He’s got the leg to do it and he’s got to place the ball and give us a chance to cover.”
It was at this time a year ago when the Packers cut veteran punter Tim Masthay and claimed Jake Schum off waivers. Schum punted in the preseason finale and won the job. However, he sustained a back injury working out this offseason and is out for the year.