Catanzaro played the final four games of the 2018 regular season with the Panthers, making all five of his field-goal attempts and seven of his eight extra-point tries en route to 22 points. Catanzaro began the season with the division-rival Buccaneers, making 11 of 15 field goals and 23 of 27 extra points in nine games prior to being released. He wasn't out of work long, however, as a knee injury to Graham Gano caused Carolina to call. To his credit, Catanzaro made the most of his opportunity, knocking in a couple of kicks from 50-plus yards in his short stint. Although Gano is not expected to require surgery this offseason, Catanzaro surely did enough to garner interest elsewhere ahead of the 2019 campaign.
Catanzaro connected on a 50-yard field goal and an extra point during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Atlanta. Sunday's 50-yarder was just Catanzaro's second field goal of 40 yards or beyond this season. Not only has the veteran kicker been limited to mostly shorter field goals this season, but he hasn't been used much at all as of late. In his last five games, Catanzaro has attempted just six field goals -- connecting on four of them. He and the Panthers face off against the Saints to end the season, a team that held Catanzaro to just a single extra-point attempt in Week 15.
Catanzaro will kick for the Panthers over the final two games of the regular season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Graham Gano (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, leaving the kicking job in Catanzaro's hands for the next two weeks. There isn't as much upside for the Carolina kicking game these days with Taylor Heinicke replacing Cam Newton (shoulder) at quarterback, though matchups with shootout-happy offenses in the Falcons and Saints at least offer some potential for the Panthers to put up points.
Catanzaro did not attempt a field goal but made his lone extra-point try in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints. Catanzaro again filled in for Graham Gano (knee), and although he did all that was asked of him, his impact hardly registered on the fantasy radar. His value remains elevated as long as Gano is out, but if quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) and the offense continue to struggle, Catanzaro's scoring opportunities could remain relatively limited.
Catanzaro made both his field-goal attempts and extra-point tries in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns. Catanzaro converted from 30 and 34 yards on his respective field goals during his Panthers debut. His unblemished performance should help Carolina's comfort level while fellow kicker Graham Gano's (knee) upcoming status remains uncertain.
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