Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:15am
Last time Tomlin took that tone postgame, Shaun Suisham was headed for injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Now, if Hartley's out for an extended period, the offense still doesn't know what to expect from the field-goal unit when it approaches the red zone.
The leftover options are serviceable but not overly exciting.
The Steelers can revisit recent tryout players Alex Henery, a career 86 percent kicker before his 1-of-5 performance got him fired in Detroit last year, or veteran Jay Feely, who attempted four kicks for Chicago last year (he went 3-of-4).
The Steelers could be looking for a third kicker in four weeks. No free agent kicker was replacing Suisham, a top-10 kicker in the league, but Hartley was a good backup. Hartley is pretty consistent, although he doesn't have a booming leg for kickoff returns -- 80 percent of his kickoffs have been returned this preseason, the story said.
The Broncos were in the market for a new kicker after McManus clanked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami on Sunday. That came on the heels of a game in St. Louis where they passed up field goal attempts of 54 and 55 yards indoors.
McManus' longest field goal was from 44 yards, and he didn't really get the chance for a pressure kick for the AFC West-leading Broncos.
While solid on kickoffs, McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts. His 69.2 percent conversion rate was dead last among NFL kickers, ranking ahead of only Nate Freese and Alex Henery, both of whom were released by Detroit earlier this season.
Barth, who spent four of his five seasons in Tampa Bay, has plenty of experience in crunch time, although not for a team with quite the Super Bowl aspirations of the Broncos, the story said. Barth has made 84 percent of his career field goal tries. He was the most accurate kicker in Buccaneers history but missed all of last season after tearing the Achilles tendon in his right foot during a charity basketball game. He returned this year but was beaten out by rookie Patrick Murray. The Broncos, of course, kept McManus over Matt Prater who was suspended the first four games of the season and is now with Detroit. Barth has a ton of fantasy potential for those looking to upgrade.
In eight seasons, the last seven with the Denver Broncos, Prater made 81.6 percent of his field goals. He went 25-26 last season, including an NFL record 64-yarder. For his career, he's 21 for 27 from 50 yards and beyond.
He was released by the Broncos last week, days before his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy was set to end.
Prater replaces Nate Freese and Alex Henery, who combined to go a league-worst 4-of-12 during the first five weeks of the season. Only one other team has more than two misses. Prater should be a very solid, weekly play as your fantasy kicker, especially with the Lions banged up on offense and possibly missing WR Calvin Johnson and RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
Henery was just 1-of-4 in his two games with the Lions, including an 0-of-3 performance Sunday in a 17-14 loss against the Buffalo Bills. That includes missing a would-be game-winner from 50 yards in the final seconds.
Caldwell said the process has already begun to find Henery's replacement. He'll value experience in the process, but won't rule out any options.
The Lions are expected to hold tryouts this week in Allen Park.
After three games with their rookie kicker, the Lions have seen enough.
Nate Freese, the seventh-round pick who has already missed four field goals this season and ranks dead last in the NFL in field goal accuracy, is on the way out. The Lions will sign Alex Henery to replace him, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The move comes as no surprise: Freese was already on very thin ice even before missing a 41-yard attempt at Ford Field on Sunday. Freese has been shockingly bad this year, going 3-for-7 with a long field goal of just 30 yards. The Lions use punter Sam Martin on kickoffs, so Freese wasn’t giving them anything there, either. Henery started off his career strong in Philly but missed short, key kicks last season and even in preseason of this year. Henery doesn't have a big leg and was often never trusted with longer kicks. He also struggled on kickoffs but may not have that responsibility with the Lions. Given how good the Lions offense can be, Henery should offer low-end K1 opportunities.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:49am
Cody Parkey, acquired last week in a trade with Indianapolis, boomed a 54-yard field goal attempt late in the first half. In the third quarter, the Eagles wanted to see if that first kick was a fluke, so they sent him out for a 53-yard attempt. Once again, Parkey was successful.
At Auburn, Parkey's career long for a field goal was 52 yards and he surpassed that twice on Thursday. It may have not been a regular season game, but a job was on the line as Parkey and Alex Henery are vying for the kicker job.
Owners drafting this weekend should avoid Henery. It looks like his job is in serious jeopardy.
“It’s been an honor to play for the Arizona Cardinals,” Feely wrote on Twitter. “Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!”
Chandler Catanzaro, a rookie out of Clemson, has been competing with Feely through training camp and the preseason. Catanzaro has made all of his field goals in the preseason, while Feely missed a field goal in Sunday’s preseason game.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:09pm
It’s possible that the Eagles’ kicker for the 2014 season is not currently on their roster.
They are obviously not totally sold on Alex Henery, who has missed from 47 and 31 yards this preseason.
Cody Parkey was acquired from the Colts for running back David Fluellen on Wednesday and will get a brief tryout for the job. If the team isn’t satisfied with either option, they’ll look to the outside for help.
There are some big names available should the Eagles decide to go that direction. Mentioned on the list were Rob Bironas, David Akers and Rian Lindell among others. It's a situation to keep an eye on because the Birds will put up points this season, and place their kicker in situations to put up points, too - but they'll have to trust him first.
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:33am
The Eagles have a major unsettled problem at kicker. We already knew Alex Henery wasn't a guy who would be a big threat from outside 50, or a consistent weapon on kickoffs, but now he's missing field goals well within the range of any kicker in the league. Henery's miss on a 31 yard chip shot is the most concerning blunder yet, and like his 47 yard miss in New England, it wasn't really close.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:50am
“You’ve got to make 47-yarders in this league,” said Chip Kelly afterwards.
Henery made seven of 10 kicks between 40 and 49 yards last season. He had only one miss from that range over the previous two seasons.
Is Kelly confident that Henery is the answer at the kicker position?
"Yeah, I'm confident in Alex," he replied. "But again, we've got to convert in games, too. I've been real excited with him in practice and I think he's worked on some things with Coach [Dave] Fipp in terms of placing the ball on kickoffs better and hitting things as we've gone through training camp, but we also have to do it in the game."
Henery should be an attractive kicker for your fantasy team, but he's really not. He struggled at times last season, but the Birds didn't really address that area in the offseason and right now it looks like they'll continue to go with him. He's a shaky option in an offense that's going to move the ball and put up points.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:10pm
Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:10pm
Kelly said they still have confidence in him and feel he's an accurate kicker. He was drafted by Andy Reid so Kelly has no ties to Henery. Henery has missed a kick three-straight weeks now.
Monday, September 23, 2013, 2:32pm
Three games later, we’re wondering about his job security.
Such is life for placekickers.
Henery, the Eagles’ third-year kicker from Nebraska, has missed field goal attempts in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
As the story points out, they haven’t been easy kicks -- 46 yards against the Chargers, 48 yards against the Chiefs -- but they have raised the issue of whether the Eagles can rely on Henery to make big kicks at big moments moving forward. In theory, Henery should be a solid play every week given the Eagles offense and the ability to move the ball and get in position to score. But if he keeps missing, Chip Kelly is the type of head coach to just go for it on fourth down...
Thursday, July 28, 2011, 8:56pm
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