TOP FREE AGENT PROSPECT
Ryan Dutton, Minn. State Punter
6/4 - 213 lbs.
Scouting: Great Size, Speed and Strength. Technically sound on many levels. Has proven to be successful at the college and pro level in NFL Europa. Gamer mentality. Had injury issues and teams had stayed away. Medical issues are said to be cleared up and player is getting new attention from NFL teams having played and competed with several current now NFL players. Can also play quarterback - was a 3 sport prep athlete and played baseball in college and spendt a year with the Twins organization.
Dutton, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound punter from Minnesota State-Mankato, spent 2005 training camp with Seattle before being waived on Aug. 26. He played for the Amsterdam Admirals in '05 and averaged 41.7 yards per punt, finishing second in the NFL Europe League in net punting with a 35.3-yard average. Dutton broke into the NFL in 2004, signing as a free agent with Cleveland. Waived at the end of training camp, he spent a week in mid-November on the Browns practice squad. At Minnesota State-Mankato, the Oshkosh, Wis., native was twice named a Division II All-American at punter and was a two-year starter at quarterback.
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NFL punters to teach the game to kids at camp
Published: July 1, 2008
FORMER ALL-AMERICAN Ryan Dutton is ready for the third installment of his football camp on the shimmering FieldTurf at Sonora High School's Dunlavy Field. Dutton is shown working on tackling technique with one of his eager campers last summer.File photo/Union Democrat, copyright 2008
By ALLAN MANDELL
The Union Democrat
"This is a great football community," says Ryan Dutton. "These kids here love football and they want to be out on that field someday, whether playing for Summerville High School or Sonora High."
Dutton, 29, a two-sport letterman at Minnesota State in Mankato (class of 2002), puts a high premium on proper instruction.
"I had good coaches growing up and I had good values instilled in me, so now I want to pass this on to kids."
The third annual Ryan Dutton's "Stars of Tomorrow Football Camp" will run July 10, 11 and 12 at Sonora High's Dunlavy Field.
"The first day of the camp, we'll work on the fundamentals: Correct positioning, footwork, running mechanics. The second day we'll get into gadgets — weighted vests, weighted shorts. And then we'll break down into their specific positions."
The third day, what Dutton calls "our fun day," is set up to resemble a mock National Football League combine camp.
"This day will be what the college all-stars go through when the NFL is looking at them. We'll have a big obstacle course and we'll take what we've learned over the first two-and-a-half days and let the kids have fun with their buddies and compete a little bit."
Assisting Dutton in running the camp is Adam Anderson, a former punter with the Detroit Lions, the Atlanta Falcons and the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe.
Anderson, 27, now an assistant pastor in Chicago, said, "More than anything, you always want to help kids get to the next level. When you've been to the top, you want to send the elevator back down. Ryan feels the same. We want to give kids what football has given us."
"Adam has such a wide range of knowledge of the game," said Dutton. "He has a lot of different skills."
Anderson was an all-state linebacker at Chesaning High School in Michigan. At Western Michigan University, Anderson earned all-Mid American Conference honors as a punter.
"For kickers and punters there's a bad stereotype," said Anderson. "People don't always look at us as football players. But the majority of guys that make it to the NFL are real athletes."
Dutton was an all-conference quarterback as well as all-American punter in college. He made the Cleveland Browns' practice squad as a punter in 2004.
In 2005, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks, who eventually placed Dutton on their NFL Europe team — the Amsterdam Admirals. As well as punting for Amsterdam while it won the league championship, Dutton served as backup quarterback.
Dutton's goal of becoming a starting punter with an American NFL team was hampered after suffering a stress fracture in his right tibia.
He did make the Oakland Raiders' practice squad at the end of 2005 and then signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2006.
For Dutton, a three-sport all-state athlete at Oshkosh West High in Wisconsin, a contract with the Packers was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Even after being cut by the Packers, Dutton still persisted onward and went to camp in 2006 with both the Raiders and San Fransisco 49ers.
"I think the parents around here appreciate that someone with my experience is willing to teach the kids about football," said Dutton. "That's one of the reasons I invite the parents to come and watch our camp. I didn't grow up in a huge town and I want the kids at our camp to know you don't have to go to a big school in a big city to have big dreams and aspirations."
Said Anderson, "Ryan is very detailed, very focused on the mental aspects of the game. You can be the most talented kid in the world, but if you don't have the focus, the mental preparations, you can fall through the cracks. This is where I think Ryan excels as a teacher."
In looking at the roster of kids who are already signed up for this months' camp, Dutton said, "I'm recognizing the names from the last two years and we're getting a lot of parents saying, ‘My kid really enjoyed it before and wants to do it again this year.' "
"To me, that's what it's all about."
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