“He’s been punting the ball well and flipping the field, really,” defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “Whenever you can put those guys back on their 20 or 10 and give us a chance to get a three-and-out and we can flip the field position … that’s great for us. He did a great job, especially that last punt. Tarik looked back and had to run back to it. He was booming that ball.”
A fifth-round pick out of Alabama in 2018, Scott got off to a strong start in his rookie campaign before Green Bay’s special teams hit a rough patch during the latter half of the season.
Working with a new coordinator, Shawn Mennenga, Scott focused on staying more relaxed this offseason. He wanted to remain aggressive in his approach but also felt he strained at times when striking the ball last season.
His goal was to be steadier, particularly with his placement on the sideline. Finding that “power zone,” as Scott terms it, is what leads to greater consistency and long-term success.
Scott got off on the right foot this summer, averaging 45.2 gross yards with a 42.7 net on 18 preseason punts. The real challenge, however, was carrying that momentum through to a meaningful regular-season game.