Thomas Morstead is an asset to the New Orleans Saints. There’s just no other way to put it.
There’s a reason the Saints gave Morstead a five-year extension in the 2018 offseason. He’s one of the best in the game at flipping the field when given the opportunity. For the Saints in 2018, he just wasn’t given the opportunity all that often. Morstead kicked a career-low 43 punts (again with zero blocks against), for 1,996 total punt yards and a 46.4 average.
Morstead went on to be named Pro Football Focus’s Special Teams Player of the Year.
Thomas Morstead - At a Glance
- Approximate Value: 3
As great as Morstead was in 2018, he was one of many New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl snubs. Presumably, the fact that the team was not calling for his services as often as other teams in the NFL was held against him. It’s hard to outright deny Morstead’s Pro Bowl worthiness, though:
Stat of the Day: #Saints punter @thomasmorstead finished 2018 with a 46.4 gross punting average and a 43.2 net, with 15 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Morstead’s net average was the best in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/kQL7DNP5gd— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 8, 2019
Morstead was just as good in the postseason:
Our Special Teamer of the Year – Thomas Morstead – is the NFL's highest-graded punter this postseason pic.twitter.com/pyaDycuewX— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 26, 2019
Morstead might not be the cheapest punter, what with a $4.2 million dollar cap hit in 2019, but he’s shown to be worth every penny.