Indianapolis will have an open competition at kicker between Blankenship and Eddy Pineiro during OTAs and training camp, Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star reports. "[Blankenship] had a good season for us last year, so that's obviously taken into consideration. He'll have to earn it again this year...it is open competition," head coach Frank Reich said. Blankenship had a solid rookie campaign, missing only five kicks (including PATs) inside of 50 yards. However, he had a key 33-yard misfire late in the third quarter against Buffalo during the playoffs. Blankenship doesn't have great range (1-for-3 on kicks of 50-plus yards), so the Colts could decide to go with a stronger leg. Still, Blankenship has to be considered a heavy favorite to retain the job over Pineiro.
Blankenship missed two of four field-goal attempts but made both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jaguars. Blankenship converted his short kicks, splitting the uprights from 22 and 24 yards, but misfired from 56 yards right before halftime and 49 yards on the Colts' first drive after. Despite those misses, Blankenship still finished the regular season with 139 points, ranking fifth league-wide among kickers as a rookie.
Blankenship made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers. Blankenship made a 28-yard chip shot to start the third quarter, marking his only field-goal attempt of the day. The rookie has now made 30 of 33 field-goal tries this season, including 10 of 12 attempts from beyond 40 yards. Even if the Colts fall short of the playoffs, finding their kicker of the future is a bright spot this season.
Blankenship connected on both field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans. Blankenship nailed a 35-yarder on the first drive of the second quarter, and he drilled a 53-yarder on the next drive, marking a career long with his first made field goal from beyond 50 yards. The rookie is in the race for the most points in the league, as his 125 ties him for second and has him just eight points shy of Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo.
Blankenship didn't attempt a field goal but made both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 45-26 loss to the Titans. The Colts scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives, and Blankenship followed up each score with an extra point. By the time the Colts found the end zone again, they were down by 18 and in need of two-point conversions. It was an unlucky game script for Blankenship's fantasy managers. He's still a must-start option with the next three games in dome settings.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Los Angeles Rams||6||6.50|
|7||10/24||@San Francisco 49ers||26||8.81|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||28||8.94|
|12||11/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||6.75|
|15||12/19||New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|17||01/02||Las Vegas Raiders||27||8.88|