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Former Wildcat Masthay wins Packers' punting job

This is a 2010 photo of Tim Masthay  of the Green Bay Packers NFL football team. This image reflects the Green Bay Packers active roster as of Monday, May 17, 2010 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
This is a 2010 photo of Tim Masthay of the Green Bay Packers NFL football team. This image reflects the Green Bay Packers active roster as of Monday, May 17, 2010 when this image was taken. (AP Photo) AP

Former University of Kentucky punter Tim Masthay survived the Green Bay Packers' roster cuts Saturday and will be the team's punter to start the upcoming season.

Masthay, a Murray High School graduate, beat out Chris Bryan, a former Australian Rules Football player.

The Packers brought in the two inexperienced punters after releasing Jeremy Kapinos, who finished tied for 32nd in the NFL in net punting average last season.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the biggest question about Masthay was the time he takes to get his punts off, but he worked on that with special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum since the off-season program began in March and by the end of camp it was as good or better than Bryan's.

Masthay also will be the holder on place-kicks, something he did at Kentucky. He also was effective kicking off this summer, but place-kicker Mason Crosby likely will keep those duties.

Panthers: Carolina decided on rookie Tony Pike as its No. 3 quarterback over former University of Louisville starter Hunter Cantwell.

"Tony showed the other night a lot of the things we saw in college," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. "He's got excellent feet, great feel for pressure, great ability to escape things from the pocket. He has the ability to make things happen."

Also let go was receiver Trent Guy, another former Louisville Cardinals star.

Bills: There was some question about whether former Trinity and University of Louisville star Brian Brohm would make Buffalo's roster as its No. 3 quarterback. However, he was not one of the players the team released on Saturday.

Jets: Rookie fullback John Conner, who played at Kentucky, was one of seven running backs New York kept when it made its roster cuts. The others were starter Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Danny Woodhead, Chauncey Washington, struggling fourth-round pick Joe McKnight and veteran fullback Tony Richardson.

Redskins: Defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon made Washington's 53-man roster.Jarmon, a third-round draft pick in the 2009 supplemental draft, appeared to struggle some in his transition to the 3-4 defense, but the former Kentucky standout will remain with the team. Jarmon is returning from a torn ACL suffered in Week 12 last season.

Eagles: Twelve rookies, including former University of Kentucky star Trevard Lindley, made Philadelphia's 53-man roster. Lindley, a cornerback, was a fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft.

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