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Tag:Nick Harris
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 9:01 pm

Jags cut Coach Killers honoree Matt Turk

Turk got a visit from the Turk. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We seldom mention punters around here because, well, outside of Chris Kluwe, very few of them do anything noteworthy. Which brings us to Matt Turk, formerly of the Jaguars.

We've previously written about Jacksonville's abysmal special teams day against the Bengals Sunday, highlighted by two forgettable Turk punts, the last of which -- a 22-yarder -- played no small part in the Jags' fourth loss of the season.

And while head coach Jack Del Rio is still employed by the organization, Turk is not. The club released him Tuesday, Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports. The team has signed Nick Harris to replace Turk.

Through five games, Turk's punts netted 32.8 yards, on average, good for 30th in the league. And Football Outsiders ranks the Jags' special teams 28th.

Against the Bengals, the Times Union's Vito Stellino writes that "The fans booed Turk for the second time in the game after the [22-yard] punt. They also booed after he punted 32 yards in the third quarter and as he left the field, he raised his hands as if he were taunting the fans to boo more."

Apparently, Turk had struggled with Jacksonville's directional style, something he hadn't done in more than a decade. He switched to rugby-style punting earlier this month though, clearly, it wasn't enough to save his job.

The Jaguars signed Turk to a one-year, $2 million deal during free agency, with $600,000 in guarantees after losing 2007 fourth-rounder Adam Podlesh to the Bears in July.

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