Hodges, Reggie

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Reggie Hodges

Reginald Aaron Hodges is currently the punter for the New York Jets.


Background and college

Born January 26, 1982 in Champaign, Illinois, Hodges attended Centennial HS, where he was was three-time all-conference choice and was a first-team all-state choice as senior, averaging 39.4 yards per punt. Hodges then went to Ball State, where, during his four years there, he played in 45 career games, his 254 attempts setting a school mark, while his 10,210 yardage ranks second (40.2 avg) with 34.1 net average. As a senior, Hodges was an All-MAC first-team choice in 2004.

NFL Career

Before the Jets

The St. Louis Rams drafted Hodges in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was signed to a three-year contract on July 27, 2005. Hodges won the Rams' punting job out of training camp, beating out veteran Bryan Barker. Hodges went on to appear in five games for the Rams, averaging 38.0 yards and 31.0 net yards in 22 attempts. Hodges' poor performance caused the team to release him on October 10 and re-sign Barker for the remainder of the season. On November 2, 2005, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Hodges to replace Dirk Johnson, who was out with a hernia. Hodges appeared in three games for the Eagles, averaging 36.8 yards in 19 punts with one blocked. He was waived by the team November 22. The Eagles re-signed Hodges to a two-year future contract on January 13, 2006. The deal included base salaries of $310,000 (2006) and $385,000 (2007). However, he did not play in the team's first preseason game and was waived on August 8.

On August 18, 2006, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hodges, however he failed to beat out longtime Colts punter Hunter Smith for the job and was released a cople of weeks later. He spent the 2006 season out of football. The Colts re-signed Hodges to a three-year contract in February 2007, but he would again lose out to Smith for the Colts' punting job, failing to appear in the team's first two preseason games before being released. Hodges signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April 2008. but was released by the team during final cuts. On September 4, 2008, Hodges was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots. He was waived from it on September 7, 2008.

As a Jet

On September 17, 2008, Hodges was signed by the Jets to replace former punter Ben Graham, who was cut the day before. An injury to Hodges meant Graham was resigned for one game, and was cut again. Hodges made his first appearance for the Jets came against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 12.

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