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Rocca Arrives From Australia to Join Redskins


Punter Sav Rocca arrived from Australia on Saturday morning to join the Redskins after a prolonged delay regarding his visa.

Rocca goes through it every year, but with the lockout hindering free agent signings, it took him longer to secure his plane flight from his hometown in Australia.

"I knew that I had to go through it, and the lockout pushed it later," Rocca said about his ticket to Washington. "Without that, it would have been done in March or April, so that was the concern for me getting close to playing time."

Rocca worked through a mild case of jet lag after a 25 hour door-to-door journey to practice with his new teammates for the first time. His practice was comprised of holding for place kickers and said, "I thought it went pretty well."

Rocca, 37, played the previous four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he averaged 42.9 yard per punt for his career.

Last season, Rocca averaged 43.8 yards per punt with a long of 63 yards and 28 landing inside the opponents 20 yard line.

Playing for the Eagles, Rocca is familiar with the Redskins. He was excited to finally make it back to the states.

"It's not too far from where I live," Rocca said about his decision to join the Redskins. "It's a good team that has had good success in the past, so we wanted to get over here. The coaches assured me that they've got a good special teams and a good coverage unit."

Last season, the Redskins punting duties shuffled through Hunter Smith, Josh Bidwell and Sam Paulescu.

Rocca will be working with special teams coordinator Danny Smith, one of the respected assistant coaches in the league.

"He's pretty intense. He knows his stuff," Rocca said. "That's the way you have to be to get your players to do what you want them to do."

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