The Vikings hosted Catanzaro for a workout Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The Vikings have serious concerns at kicker, as Dan Bailey is in the midst of a cold spell. They also cut kicker Tristan Vizcaino from the practice squad Tuesday. Depending on how he performed in the tryout, Catanzaro has a chance to usurp Bailey as the team's starting kicker. Catanzaro played four games last season, connecting on all five field-goal attempts, including two from beyond 50 yards.
The Panthers hosted Catanzaro for a visit Thursday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. Catanzaro has yet to settle in with a team this season after he was released by the Giants ahead of the 2020 campaign. In his last season in the league in 2018, the 29-year-old converted on 16 of 20 field-goal attempts and 30 of 34 PAT tries across 13 games between stints in Tampa Bay and Carolina. After kicker Joey Slye missed two field-goal attempts in last week's loss to Minnesota, the team could elect to bring back a familiar face to handle kicking duties.
The Giants have released Catanzaro, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. With that, Graham Gano is now slated to serve as the team's new kicker, while it remains to seen if Catanzaro lands with another organization after sitting out the 2019 season.
The Giants agreed to terms with Graham Gano on Sunday, signaling a kicking competition between Catanzaro and Gano, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Catanzaro returned to the NFL and signed with the Giants in July after spending a year in retirement, but his road to the starting job won't be easy. Gano is a prolific kicker who has converted 43 of his last 46 field-goal attempts (93.7 percent). The 29-year-old Catanzaro is skilled as well, but his track record is a bit shakier, making just 79 percent of field goals since 2016. Expect this battle to continue through training camp, especially with no preseason games to test the waters.
Catanzaro and the Giants agreed to a contract Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Catanzaro will come out of retirement after having hung up his cleats last season when he was released from the Jets' reserve/left squad list. The Giants are set to release their former kicker Aldrick Rosas in the coming days, opening the door for Catanzaro to assume the starting role. In his last season in the league in 2018, the 29-year-old converted on 16 of 20 field-goal attempts and 30 of 34 PAT tries across 13 games between stints in Tampa Bay and Carolina.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||9||5.50|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||11||6.00|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||4.50|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||19||7.50|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||8.00|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||26||9.50|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||32||13.50|