23 different players have suited up as as the Miami Dolphins punter over their first 46 seasons. As these players are not assigned an approximate value, we'll go over them separately from the regular top 100. Counting down from number five.
5. John Kidd - Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Entry Draft with the 128th overall pick, Kidd punted for six years in Buffalo, followed by four and a half years for the San Diego Chargers before joining the Dolphins midway through the 1994 season. He was selected to the All-Conference second team in 1996, leading the NFL with a 46.3 yard average. He totalled 49 games for Miami, punting 201 times for 8,893 yards and a 44.2 yard average, ranking second on the Dolphins all-time list. He left after the 1997 season, splitting his final season between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets.
4. Matt Turk - Turk is a 6'5" 243 yard punter out of Wisconsin-Whitewater College. He originally signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1993 and with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. He would later make his NFL debut with the Washington Redskins in 1995, serving as their punter for five seasons. In 1996 he made his first of three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, also earning First-Team All-Pro honors. He would join Miami for four seasons, from 2000-2001 and from 2003-2004, playing for the New York Jets in 2002. For Miami, he totalled 339 punts for 13,910 yards, a 41 yard average. In 2001, he boomed a career high, NFL yearly high and franchise record tying 77 yard punt. Turk sat out the 2005 season, but later played for the St. Louis Rams, the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The now 43 year old punter has yet to announce his retirement, and is currently still a Houston Texan.
3. Brandon Fields - Miami's current punter, Fields is a 6'5" seventh round draft selection out of Michigan State in the 2007 NFL Entry Draft. Through his first five seasons, he has averaged an NFL career fifth best 45.7 yard average. He has totalled 377 punts for 17,227 yards, including a career best (and third in the NFL) 48.8 yard average in 2011. He is also remarkably adept at pinning opponents down deeply in their own territory. Fields most recently signed a two-year contract extension in the 2010 offseason, and is currently due for a new contract.
2. Larry Seiple - The 1966 Dolphins featured punter by committee, as during that era it was not uncommon for kickers and punters to also hold a regular position. The duties were split by linebacker Wahoo McDaniel and quarterback George Wilson. The Dolphins spent their 1967 seventh round draft pick on Seiple. Seiple was also multi-talented, featuring in Miami's offense as a halfback and a tight end, as well as punter. In 1969, Seiple led the Dolphins in receiving, catching 41 passes for 577 yards and five scores, starting eight games at tight end. He was selected to the All-AFL second-team. Over 11 seasons as Miami's primary punter, Seiple played in 150 games, punting 633 times for 25,347 yards, a 40 yard average.
1. Reggie Roby - Roby was a 6'3", 249 punter out of Iowa. The Dolphins picked him up in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Entry Draft. Roby is considered by some as the best punter in NFL history, second perhaps only to Ray Guy. He was regularly awarded postseason honors by all manner of publications, including Pro Football Weekly, UPI, AP, Pro Football Writers, the Newspaper Entertainment Association and the Sporting News. Roby represented the Dolphins at the Pro Bowl in 1984 and 1989, earning First-Team All-Pro honors in 1984. He finished in the NFL's top ten yards per punt for each of his first nine seasons, leading the NFL with a 45.7 yard average in 1991. In 10 seasons as Miami's punter, he punted 555 times for 24.036 yards, a 43.3 yard average. Roby would leave the Dolphins for the Washington Redskins in 1993, earning his third Pro Bowl invitation in 1994. He would later also play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Houston/Tennessee Oilers and the San Francisco 49ers, retiring after the 1998 season. Roby passed away of undisclosed causes in February of 2005 at the age of 43.
I think I know who you're going to pick, but let's go ahead and select the best punter in Miami history.
Brandon Fields (103 votes)
John Kidd (1 vote)
Reggie Roby (469 votes)
Larry Seiple (17 votes)
Matt Turk (29 votes)
619 total votes