Now, I have been reading your lineup projections, talk of the future, so on and so forth, etc. etc. One thing I keep seeing over and over is everyone assumes that Donahue will be the punter. I really don't understand why this is, and no one seems to want to give a valid explanation for this either. I think there COULD be some reasonable explanations out there, and I would love to hear what they are. Before we get into that though, let me make my case for why I believe Graham will be the Lions punter once the dust settles.
#1) Net average - Last year Graham's net average was 3.2% better than Donahue's.
#2) Down inside the 20 - Last year Graham put a staggering 35.7% of his punts down inside the 20 compared to 26.5% for Donahue.
#3) Hangtime - I don't have any statistics to back this, couldn't find any, so I'm actually going to have to trust my eyes and memory on this one. Graham had significantly better hangtime on his punts than Donahue, and I'll eat Crow if anyone can dig up evidence to the otherwise.
Just three years ago, Graham was ranked the third best punter in the NFL based upon a cross refernce of various punting statistics. See for yourself . Graham is no joke, he's not some bum that just walked in off the street and got lucky. Kicking is the guys life.
Graham isn't your typical punter, he was a football player before becoming a punter (Not a US football player) Tell ya what, if you still have doubts, watch this - Case, point, match.
Now, having considered the evidence, who wants to make a case for Donahue? And there is a case to be made folks, I could make it for you, but I'd like to give the opportunity to a true Donahue believer to make the case first.