After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
Folk (quadriceps) has resumed kicking, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.
Folk sustained a Grade 1 quadriceps strain during pregame warmups in Week 9, and his fate for the season was sealed just two days later when he landed on injured reserve. In a seven-game sample prior to the injury, his success rate on field goals (13-for-16, or 81.3 percent) was in line with his career mark of 80.6 percent. Of note, though, was a perfect 19-for-19 from the new extra-point distance, which ensures his stature as the Jets' clear-cut kicker, assuming he regains his previous prowess.
Aguayo's path to a starting job was apparently cleared with Monday's release of incumbent Connor Barth, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
The 2016 surprise second-round selection seemed naturally destined for the starting job considering the fact that the Bucs traded up in the second round to nab him, and Barth consequently requested his release earlier Monday. Barth will leave Tampa as the most accurate kicker in franchise history (83.8 percent field-goal conversion rate), a standard that Aguayo will be expected to exceed in order to live up to the investment made in him. Aguayo's pedigree as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history would seem to point to the fact that he would be up to the task, something that general manager Jason Licht is counting on. "The importance of special teams is paramount," Licht said. "And when you get a chance to get the best kicker in the history of college football, I didn't want to risk it...I like the confidence in him, I like the way he's wired. I like the body of work he's put out there, obviously. A great kicker can be the difference in several games."
Barth's upcoming release comes after the Buccaneers selected fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of this weekend's draft. After converting 23-of-28 field goal attempts for the Bucs last season, Barth will hope to earn a kicking job elsewhere ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Aguayo has the potential to make an immediate impact in the coming season according to former Bucs special-teams assistant Billy Miller, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Miller's role as the kicker's trainer at the esteemed IMG Academy in nearby Bradenton, Florida is what makes his opinion particularly informed in Aguayo's case. One of the more talked-about selections of the draft considering the round that he was selected and his position, the Florida State product received rave reviews from Miller for his work ethic. "I couldn't be happier for the kid. He put the work in...He's a great student. He wants to be the best. He's very deserving of this opportunity." Despite the considerable criticism that's been levied at Tampa for the pick, the former Bucs assistant believes that the fact that 59 NFL regular-season games were decided by three points or less last year-- as well as the new rule that moves touchbacks to the 25-yard line-- justifies the investment in the former Seminole. Aguayo was successful on 90 percent of his college field-goal attempts, and was perfect on all 108 extra-point tries, making him the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.
Fairbairn made all 47 of his extra points and 20 of his 24 field-goal attempts during his senior year. Nick Novak ended the 2015 season as Houston's kicker, but he didn't perform so well that the Texans shouldn't entertain other options.
The Buccaneers selected Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 59th overall.
It's a surprising pick both because Aguayo is a kicker and because Connor Barth has actually done quite well as a kicker in Tampa Bay. Still, with Tampa spending a second-round pick on Aguayo, he's the starter for sure going forward. Aguayo was one of the most accurate kickers in college football history at Florida State, converting 69-of-78 field goal attempts and all 198 of his extra point attempts.
McManus will return to Denver in 2016 after signing his tender, the team's official site reports.
McManus excelled in his first full year on the job in 2015, ranking fifth in league in both field goals, 30, and field goals of 50 yards or longer, five. A big leg combined with eight games Denver's thin air tends to add up to a quality fantasy kicker. McManus' real-life football value might dip in 2016, however. His booming leg led him to rank fifth in the league with 55 touchbacks in 2015 - a skill that will lose some of its appeal now that touchbacks will be taken out to the 25-yard line.
Brown is fresh off the best statistical season of his 13-year career, as he converted 30-of-32 field goal attempts for the Giants last year. Although he'll turn 37 years old soon, Brown has shown little signs of aging and should provide a reliable weapon in New York's kicking game for the next couple campaigns.