The Stallions have released punter Drue Chrisman in favor of Colby Wadman who was removed from injured reserve. This was in my opinion, an admission their return unit had suffered since the change. In four games opponents returned 6 punts for 56 yards, versus 5 for 26 yards against Wadman. This could have been the entire deciding factor.  

Chrisman had filled in admirably for Wadman during his absence. In fact, Chrisman had averaged nearly 11 yards more per punt than Wadman with only 3 fewer attempts. Some of that was due to the situation, and this shows with Wadman being able to pin 4 of 10 punts within the 20, as well as 1 touchback. 

Chrisman had averaged 46.3 yards per punt, (35.6 for Wadman) he also had a long of 58 yards but had just 1 punt pinned inside the 20. He also did not have any touchbacks. Chrisman may have lost the net punting average battle in this case, but he has shown that he can still be a quality punter. He is an American citizen, so it’s unlikely, although not impossible that he latches on with a CFL team in the near future.

Punter and kicker are two positions that don’t need sustained success at the spring football level in order to make it back into an NFL or CFL camp. Chrisman spent the better part of two seasons in the NFL with two different teams. A short burst of success and a history of playing in the NFL could be enough to keep a player relevant for years as a specialist. I expect this won’t be the last we see of Drue Chrisman.

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