Koch has since announced his retirement but chose to stay on the team as a special teams consultant, presumably to help Stout develop in the early stages of his career.
A few months later, it seems both Stout and Koch have gotten to know each other quite well and are working hard on and off the field.
Recent footage from Ravens’ minicamp shows the two punters watching film together with Koch giving Stout several pointers on different plays.
This ought to warm any Ravens fan’s heart — it’s amazing to see Stout learn from a punting legend and to see Koch become so invested in Stout’s development and future success.
Ravens’ punting unit is in good hands with Jordan Stout and Sam Koch
Not all players can handle their impending retirement with grace, but Koch has served as the paragon of loyalty and good-natured spirit.
The Stout pick was a bit of surprise in the draft, but given the Ravens’ massive haul of fourth-round picks, taking a punter wasn’t an inconceivable notion.
Though many draft analysts were high on “Punt God” Matt Ariza, Stout brings to the Ravens a versatile skillset — the Penn State punter led the nation in average hangtime in 2021 (4.36 seconds) and also earned the highest overall grade from Pro Football Focus (93.1).
After announcing his retirement, Koch told reporters he wants to help Stout become the best punter this league has ever seen as Koch passes the torch — and his valuable wisdom — to the young rookie.
Koch enjoyed a successful albeit overlooked 16-year career as Justin Tucker’s holder and cemented his name as the most accomplished punter in Ravens history, not to mention he can boast an excellent fake punt record as well.
Stout has pretty big shoes to fill this upcoming season, but at least he gets a precious opportunity to learn from the best.