Australian NFL punter Lachlan Edwards has declared he is a “top five guy” at his best.
The rising New York Jet has been a bright light for an otherwise disappointing season for the team, who sit dead last in the American Football conference with a 4-11 record.
Edwards has punted 77 times this season, the fourth most in the league, also ranking in the top 10 in ross punting yards and gross punting average.
And the Victorian believes he has what it takes to join the elite ranks of his position one day.
“I definitely feel like I belong…when I’m at my best, I’m a top-five guy I believe,” Edwards told SEN.com.au.
“It’s more about going out there every week and proving that.
“It’s been an up and down road, I came a long way through Texas and got lucky enough to get here and now it’s just about holding onto it as long as I can.”
The 26-year old admitted there are parts of his game he would like to improve on next season.
“I started pretty strong, I had a couple of games in the middle there which I would like to redo,” Edwards said.
“No excuses but we have had some bad weather games in there with winds over 20 miles an hour and that makes our job a little bit harder as specialists but it’s football, it’s a winter game, an outdoor game.
“I’ve got to do better at controlling myself in those situations.
“Overall, I’ve had an alright year, but definitely have a lot of room for improvement.”