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I know one thing: If he dare starts 2-3 games this season missing kicks like he did last season his Butt is gone.
I voted that he'll improve ... because the alternative is a broken TV in my living room.
He was nursing an injury most of last year. He should improve.
If he is healthy and doesn't improve, eject!
He never recovered from that Baltimore game. Regardless, bad decision by the Like a Boss Jeff Ireland, to draft a kicker in the fifth round
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That out of bounds kick off was dreadful and probably cost that game.
He must improve next year. I'd definitely have some camp competition.
It really is sad when you don't know if the kicker is gonna miss between 20-30 yards
He needs to nut up or hes a goner.Hes not Hickeys 5th rder.
hickey needs to bring a vet in for competition regardless. the guy almost made me break my tv last year
I voted that he'll improve mainly because statistically it would be tough to replicate such a bad season.
Great thread. Glad I read it. Would read again.
I voted on improving on his 26 of 34 last year. He was disappointing but, not horrible, and Carp going 33 of 36 did not help from a Phans perspective.
30-39 yards- 10 of 12. I think kickers should be 100% here but, only 10 were, and only 3 with 12-13 tries. One more made puts him in the top half.
40-49 yards- 8 of 10. Only 5 guys were 100%. One more made puts him in the top ten.
50+ yards- 3 of 7. I remember the one vs Pitt at the end of the half, when announcers said no one had ever made that long of a kick at that end in the history of the stadium, and throw that one out. I think if he made one more (The Big One), he would be fine here.
So, overall if he hits on 3 or 4 more than last year, everyone should be pretty happy, and that's not a lot to ask for in his second year. Also, he was good on kickoffs. JMO
Improve.. No more Ray Stinkle
I'd bring in some kickers to compete...this rookie let us down last year. Push him
Improve....needs to improve....I don't want to think that he could be worse....
Other: Hopefully he's replaced by the end of camp.
76.50% field goal is not acceptable for an NFL kicker, but the team spent a fifth round for him. My guess is he got another year to prove himself. He probably will improve from his first year, simply because the bar was set really low.
Considering that he had a groin injury a good deal of the season, I am expecting a better year....higher FG percentage, more points scored, more touchbacks, and more long bombs (50+ yarders).
If thats not a nagging injury.He should improve this year.If not time for him to find employment elsewhere.
I say it improves. I am not looking at his stats and don't know what they were, I know it wasn't good. From what I remember, there were a good amount of long ones he just missed, I remember one the wind really affected. I don't really remember any horrible shanks. I think he was definitely not good, but had some bad luck. I think he will be an above average NFL kicker
He was 23-27 up to 50 yard kicks. He missed four 50+ kicks as a rookie and games on the line. Those 50+ were close to 60 and like SB2 mentioned no one ever made a kick at Pittsburgh into the wind.
I know times have changed and kickers are more accurate with stronger legs but 76% was a very good kicker 15 years ago. The kid kicked behind a team that the line didn't know how to block so expecting specials to block is a bit much. The kid will be better, we should have stuck with Carp but we made a cost cutting decision. Sturgis will improve with an offseason and a team improving a pathetic blocking core.
23-27=85%. 85% on kicks up to 50 yards is pretty reliable! Kid will improve his focus and only get better during the off season. The big question is and always will be for kickers is what is their mental makeup in stress time?
Who the heck cares what was good 15 years ago? 76.5% was good enough for 28th in the league this year, so I don't give a damn what was good 15 years ago. If he was worried about his kick getting blocked (which none were) then he's a worse kicker than I thought and would be a terrible pressure kicker.
The most important stat was he was 66.7% on his kicks in the 4th quarter, his worse percentage in any quarter. I don't care if you're a rookie, you're on the team to get the job done and he didn't last year, if he doesn't improve this next year he's out, no question.
The good news on him is that he went from 72% kicking in the first half of the season to 81% in the last 8 games of the season. 81% is still not good enough, but it's an improvement.