FREE AGENT REDSKINS / CHARGERS
K - Tuthill, James Cal Poly
Hometown: Upland, CA
High School: Upland High School
Height / Weight: 6/3 231 lbs.
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Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting comments: Incredibly strong kicker. Has enormous size and ability for the position. Named NFC Player of the Week. Was enjoying a productive season with Washington and an injury to Brian Barker forced him to punt. With an inexperienced holder missed a PAT and with the inconsistent punting was the escape goat perhaps for the loss to Dallas on Thanksgiving. Finished out the season with the San Diego Chargers but they decided to draft Nate Kaeting. He played pre season with Jacksonville following. Is among the top Staff Instructors of Pro College Football.
TEAM LINK -The Chargers wasted little time in replacing kickoff specialist Wade Richey when they claimed kicker James Tuthill off waivers from the Washington Redskins on Tuesday.
Tuthill, 6-2, 250, spent the last 11 games with Washington, where he scored 50 points by hitting 20 of 21 PATs and 10 of 16 field goals, including a long of 53 yards Game 6 at Green Bay on Oct. 20. Tuthill also punted four times for 160 yards (40.0 avg.) for the Redskins before being released on Monday.
The Chargers are Tuthill’s fifth NFL team since entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with San Francisco on July 5, 2000 out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He went to camp with the 49ers in 2000 and 2001 and was signed by Green Bay for one game during the 2001 season before joining Houston for training camp in 2002. After being released by the Texans on Aug. 20, Tuthill signed with the Redskins on Sept. 10, two days after the 2002 season opener after kicker Brett Conway was placed on injured reserve with a quad injury.
James Joseph Tuthill was born on March 25, 1976 in Upland, California and attended Upland High School, where he set a school record with a 57-yard field goal. He lettered twice at Cal Poly, connecting on 20 of 38 career field goal attempts, including a 48-yarder as a senior against Cal State Northridge that set a conference record.