Guest marlins02 Posted September 29, 2003 Share Posted September 29, 2003 Turk has struggled the last couple of seasons, but still im glad they finally got rid Royals a**. was real happy when i got the email, here's the sun sentinels article though Dolphins release Royals, sign veteran Turk By KEVEN LERNER Sun-Sentinel.com Posted September 29 2003, 1:39 PM EDT The Dolphins today released struggling punter Mark Royals and brought back veteran Matt Turk to replace him. Turk, whose contract dispute before the 2002 season led the Dolphins to replace him with Royals, signed a one-year contract. Turk, 35, had two solid seasons with the Dolphins, but he averaged only 41.0 yards per punt last season with the New York Jets, tying the career low he set in 2001 with the Dolphins. He also had a career-low 13 punts land inside the opponent's 20-yard line in 2002, and was released by the Jets in the offseason. Royals, 38, had his second poor performance in three games last Sunday night during a 17-7 victory over the Bills. He shanked two punts in the opener against the Houston Texans and struggled against Buffalo, often being booed by the fans at Pro Player Stadium. "You either get the job done or you don't," Royals said last week. "I got off to a poor start." With the majority of his attempts lacking distance and hang time, the Dolphins entertained five punters last week, including Turk, for free-agent tryouts. Royals, a 15-year veteran, was tied for 27th in NFL rankings for gross punting average at 40.2 yards. Turk originally joined the Dolphins in a trade with Washington on March 9, 2000 in exchange for a 2001 seventh-round draft choice. He had spent each of the first five years of his NFL career (1995-99) with the Redskins, and was voted to the Pro Bowl following the 1996-98 seasons. He amassed career-best gross averages of 45.1 in both 1996 and 1997, while putting together career-high net averages of 39.2 in each of those seasons as well. The Dolphins also released center Joe Iorio off the practice squad and signed center Shawn Lynch to take his spot.? ? ? Email story ? Print story Copyright ? 2003, South Florida Sun-Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-roy...la-sports-front Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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