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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice again Thursday. Jay Feely may continue to kick for Chicago.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) did not practice Wednesday. Jay Feely will probably continue to kick for Chicago.
Alshon Jeffery is active as expected. Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week. Jay Feely will handle the kicking duties with Gould out.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep, doubtful) did not practice Wednesday. Jay Feely will likely kick for Chicago on Thursday night.
We doubt too many owners are depending on Gould, who has had a subpar year thanks to the Bears' offensive struggles. He's doubtful, so owners should make other plans.
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.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:29pm
Coons is on the roster, while Maikon Bonani is being cut, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
We’ll have to see how it pans out from here. Tennessee had three veteran free-agent kickers in for workouts recently. Jay Feely played for Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona. Rian Lindell and Garrett Hartley were also in Nashville.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:41pm
And it hasn’t taken long, as he’s headed to work out for the Titans, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
If he signs there, he’d reunite with his old Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, but he’d also lend some legitimacy to a perhaps the league’s most anonymous competition.
“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.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:14am
Cardinals K Jay Feely’s job might be in jeopardy. It’s plain and simple. The way rookie Chandler Catanzaro has been kicking has to make Feely sweat a bit. Catanzaro missed his first kicks – albeit three of them in a row – of camp on Tuesday but he’s recovered since. The decision on which kicker to start won’t be made until Catanzaro and Danny Hrapmann have kicked in preseason games, but for now, it looks to me as if Catanzaro has a leg up on the other two.
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:59pm
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