It's one of the hardest jobs to acquire in sports. There is no depth chart when it comes to punting in the NFL. Each team carries one leaving 32 job openings in a pool of hundreds of hopefuls. North Myrtle Beach's Ryan Quigley is trying to get a roster spot with the New York Jets.
After starting for four years as Boston College's punter, Quigley earned an invite to Chicago Bears training camp in 2012. When starting punter Adam Podlesh suffered a hip injury, Quigley saw extended reps in preseason games against the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. Quigley made the Bears roster, but was waived when Podlesh returned.
The phone didn't ring again until March when the New York Jets brought him in for a tryout. He arrived at the Jets practice facility and had to kick 18 balls with five other free agent punting hopefuls. Quigley won that battle to get a free agent contract and an invitation to training camp in July. He outlasted one more free agent in rookie mini-camp and will now compete against returning starter Robert Malone for the Jets starting punting duties.
Quigley originally had #7 with the New York Jets, but lost that number to rookie quarterback Geno Smith out of West Virginia. Quigley wears #1, the same number he had with Chicago. The former Chief was a three time WPDE All-Zone selection out of North Myrtle Beach High School.