St. Louis Rams 2011 stat predictions: Donnie Jones

It's that time of year when TST turns to the community for a little insight, a wisdom of crowds sort of thing, with our preseason stats projections for the St. Louis Rams. Today, we're continuing with special teams. In the comments, give us your predictions for Rams uber punter Donnie Jones, a perennial Pro Bowl wallflower. 

Little did we know that when the Rams signed Donnie Jones in 2007, he'd be one of the most important players on the team. Jones signed a five-year, $5.59 million deal with the Rams. He'll make $1.1 million this year before he becomes a free agent. Lucky for Jones, he's set to be a free agent right as punters are starting to make more money on the open market. Agent Jack Bechta shared this insight at the National Football Post yesterday:

One position that is finally getting recognized as a weapon after being taken for granted for a long time is the punter. A good punter can significantly dictate field position throughout a game and get his team out of trouble when backed against the opponent's goal line. And of course, since they can't tackle to save their own life, they have long careers. The five million dollar a year punter is just around the corner. The APY salary for punters is $2.7 million.

Jones has indeed given the Rams good field position, and they finally had a defense that could take advantage of it last year. Of course, an offense among the league's worst at scoring points gave Jones plenty of chances to show off his leg. Here are Jones' career stats, courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P AV
2004 24 SEA 9 7 0 26 988 51 1 38.0 0
2005 25 MIA P 5 16 0 88 3827 63 0 43.5 0
2006 26 MIA P 5 16 0 85 3640 64 1 42.8 0
2007 27 STL P 5 16 0 78 3684 80 0 47.2 0
2008 28 STL P 5 16 0 82 4100 68 0 50.0 0
2009 29 STL P 5 16 0 90 4212 63 0 46.8 0
2010 30 STL P 5 16 0 94 4276 63 0 45.5 0
Career 103 0 543 24727 80 2 45.5 0
4 yrs STL 64 0 344 16272 80 0 47.3 0
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/25/2011.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to predict the number of punts, total yards and average distance for Donnie Jones in 2011. Bonus points for telling us why or why not the Rams should bring back Jones in 2012. 

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