Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera must feel good about his roster when the biggest question heading into the opener is which of his two kickers will play.
For the record, Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney said veteran Graham Gano would handle the job if Gano and rookie Harrison Butker remain on the roster for this Sunday’s game at San Francisco.
The story said Gano will be the kicker, but while it's a surprise, it makes sense with Hurney getting trade interest for both. No need to dump a player when you can get value in exchange, particularly since the Panthers used a seventh-round pick on Butker.
CAR K Graham Gano - Week 19, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Divisional Round – Graham Gano vs. Seattle
Graham Gano made two out of his three attempts against the Cardinals this week, missing from 43 yards in the second quarter as the Panthers tried desperately to lose to Ryan Lindley. Gano connected on less than 83% of his attempts this season, and now he gets to play in Seattle against the best defense in the game. I’m not using Gano in any fantasy leagues, and we have him ranked a distant last on our kicker list.