G’Day, Sav: Punter Rocca Finally Arrives
By ZAC BOYER | email@example.com
ASHBURN – For all the delays in punter Sav Rocca finally reporting to the Redskins, Rocca cautioned Saturday that it could have been much longer.
“People think that I was stuck over there and it wasn’t going through, but five days – once the petition was logged, to get over here was one of the quickest it’s ever happened,” Rocca, from Australia, said after his first practice at Redskins Park. “It usually takes two to three weeks, but I was grateful to get it done quickly.”
The lockout complicated matters. Without a contract in place, Rocca, 37, couldn’t apply for a work visa, meaning he couldn’t legally enter the United States. He signed with the Redskins because it was close to his New Jersey home, he said, which he made after spending the last four years with Philadelphia.
Rocca didn’t have a stressful day Saturday – he simply worked on taking snaps from Nick Sundberg – but the last two were. Starting in Melbourne with a three-hour layover in Los Angeles, he arrived late Friday afternoon following a 25-hour trip.
The Redskins were launching balls out of a Jugs machine through the first week of training camp to simulate punts. When practice resumes Monday, Rocca will be rolling.
“It’s a good team and they’ve had good success in the past, so we wanted to get over here,” Rocca said.