It’s almost become comedic with the rate that NFL teams bring in, use up and then delete kickers. The carousel is often tough to keep up with, but we at F.F.I are doing our best.
Let’s begin with the Dolphins, who are trying to figure out which rookie will end up winning their place kicking job come September. Miami took Jason Sanders out of New Mexico in the seventh round of the draft in April. However, they also have FAU rookie free agent Greg Joseph, as well.
They used both kickers in the first half last Friday night in Charlotte with Sanders making 42 and 29 yard kicks in the first quarter. Then, Joseph stepped up and stepped into a 54 yard boot in the second quarter.
At this point, Sanders has the slight edge, as the Fins are using him at the beginning of games. However, don’t be surprised if Joseph, the local favorite, ends up winning the job.
Meanwhile, all the way out West former Bucs beleaguered kicker Roberto Aguayo, has latched onto the L.A. Chargers kicking job, for now. After famously flaming out last August in just his second NFL training camp and being released, Aguayo has been solid with this opportunity. On Saturday night against Seattle he was a perfect three for three on extra points and kicked a fourth quarter field goal.
The Chargers also have former Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis in camp, but it appears to be Aguayo’s job to lose. Then again, as quickly as it unraveled for the former second round pick in Tampa Bay, don’t guarantee him the job, just yet.
We wrote earlier this off season about long time Raiders and former Seminoles All American kicker Sebastian Janikowski being released in a salary cap/age related move. However, “Sea-bass” has landed in the Pacific Northwest with the Seahawks (above) and after two preseason games is now the only kicker with NFL experience in camp. So, it appears that the 40 year old will begin the year for the first time in the NFL in a different home city: Seattle.
Speaking of the Raiders, we wrote last week that it looks like Gators rookie Eddy Pineiro was looking good to win the Oakland job, as he was perfect in their opener. However, long time veteran kicker Mike Nugent is also in camp and he kicked the Raiders only field goal against the Rams. Oakland chose to go for a two point conversion on both of their touchdowns.
Still, Pineiro is younger and has a strong leg. So, there’s a good shot for him.
Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, new free agent veteran Chandler Cantanzaro had a strong second preseason game in Tennessee Saturday night making all of his kicks, including three field goals.
And then there’s the Jaguars, who are the only state NFL team with an incumbent kicker. That’s veteran Josh Lambo, who made both extra points in Saturday’s win in Minnesota and he made a pair of 49 yard field goals in in the opening win over the Saints.
Still two games left in August, and one thing that is always true: no matter how many kicks you’ve made in the past, if you start missing, change will come.
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