By Jeremiah Delgado
Kickers around the NFL are currently a liability for teams. After Sunday night’s horrible kicking performance displayed, it is safe to say kickers are not what they used to be. Missed field goals and PATs have become all too common in the NFL.
After almost seven weeks in the regular season, only three kickers have hit 100% of PATs and field goals. Adam Vinatieri, Justin Tucker and Greg Zurlein are the lone kickers to achieve this feat. Vinatieri is the oldest kicker in the league and could has hit 43 straight field goals.
On the other end of that spectrum is a second round pick in Roberto Aguayo who has missed five field goals.
A lot of kickers this year have missed crucial field goals at an alarming rate. Kickers that used to be automatic from within 50 yards are now missing easy field goals by their standards. Stephen Gostkowski is widely considered to be the best kicker in the NFL.
Gostkowski has missed three field goals after just seven weeks, while last season he only missed three all year. He has also missed an extra point and that is more than his entire career. Gostkowski is just not the same kicker this year.
Sunday night’s game featured two consistent kickers miss “chip” shots to win the game. Chandler Catanzaro and Steven Hauschka are both left in shock after that game. Catanzaro like Gostkowski missed three field goals all of last season, but this year has missed three in seven games.
Former All-Pro Blair Walsh is not nearly as good as he used to be. He has missed three field goals and two PATs. No one can forget his miss against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round.
There is some sort of doubt being placed in the minds of kickers at the moment.
The only difference between kickers used to be whether or not they could kick it from outside of 50 yards. Anything inside of that was fairly simple for kickers, but now that has all changed.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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