Vinatieri, now 44 years old, hasn't taken his foot off gas pedal during the twilight of his career considering he's converted at least 93-percent of his field goals in two of the past three years and has only missed seven kicks across that entire span. If he plays at least two more seasons, he should pass both Morten Anderson and Gary Anderson for the all-time marks in career points scored and career field goals made.
Lambo struggled last season, making just 26 of his 32 field-goal attempts, so it makes sense that the Chargers would bring in competition for the job. While neither Lambo or his competition, Younghoe Koo, an undrafted free agent, have made an impression one way or another, the team figures to settle the battle during training camp.
McManus, who'd been a restricted free agent this offseason, was hesitant to sign his contract tender in hopes of landing a long-term deal. Considering the Broncos tendered him to a second-round pick, the kicker is clearly a valued member of the team and it only seems to be a matter of time before Denver inks him to a multi-year pact.
Koehn is seen having more leg strength than Forbath during OTAs. Forbath is under contract for next season and made all 15 field-goal attempts last season, so he's still a heavy favorite to win the job. However, it sounds like the competition won't just be for show this summer.
The veteran kicker has been lights out over this week's OTAs, as he'd also been perfect on four attempts through the much narrower 8.5-foot wide uprights that the Bucs utilized in Tuesday's session. NFL regulation goalposts were utilized Thursday, which seemed to help fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo as well.
It was a nice bounce-back for the beleaguered second-year kicker, who had gone just 1-for-4 while attempting to kick through 8.5-foot wide uprights on Tuesday. The Bucs were back to regulation goal posts Thursday, which clearly seemed to help Aguayo's cause. The former FSU kicker will attempt to hold off the challenge of veteran Nick Folk this summer, and the latter has notably gotten off to a strong start over the first few sessions.
Both Folk and second-year incumbent Roberto Aguayo attempted four kicks apiece at the end of practice into 8.5-foot wide goal posts, which are a full 10 feet narrower than NFL regulation uprights. Notably, Aguayo made only 25 percent of his attempts while Folk was perfect. While it's only one practice in May, Aguayo likely doesn't have much room for error alongside a proven kicker like Folk, who made 87.1 percent of his 31 attempts in 2016 with the Jets and has an extensive NFL track record.
It should be noted that both the second-year kicker and offseason acquisition Nick Folk kicked into narrower-than-usual goalposts that measured just 8.5 feet in width, a full 10 feet less than regulation uprights. However, Folk was perfect on all four of his tries, so Aguayo was alone in his struggles on the afternoon. The 2016 second-round pick had plenty of trouble last season with the distance he attempted his kicks from Tuesday, as he went just 4-for-11 on attempts of 40 yards or more.