Slye signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers on Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Slye converted 25 of 32 field-goal tries and 31 of 35 extra-point attempts across 16 contests in 2019. With Graham Gano (knee) expected to be healthy in time for the 2020 season, Slye will have to compete for Carolina's starting placekicker job.
Slye, who tallied four points in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, went 25-of-32 on field-goal attempts and 31-of-35 on extra-point tries, totaling 106 points in 16 games played this season. Slye started his rookie season with a bang, averaging more than nine points per game while nailing four kicks from 50-plus yards through his first six outings. After that point, however, he topped six points just twice and endured a disastrous Week 12 against the Saints, missing two extra points and three kicks total in a heartbreaking three-point defeat. To his credit, though, Slye didn't miss in his five appearances afterward, enabling him to finish tied for 14th among kickers in points. With longtime kicker Graham Gano (knee) expected to be back for the 2020 campaign, it'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers offer Slye a contract to remain with them this offseason. With that still a possibility, it's unclear if Slye will need to earn his job again or be free to take his talents elsewhere.
Slye made both his field-goal attempts and didn't attempt any extra points in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts. Slye accounted for all of his team's points on the day, converting from 27 and 50 yards. The rookie has gone four games without missing since his nightmare performance against the Saints in late November, and he will now look to remain unblemished as New Orleans visits Carolina in Week 17.
Slye made his only field-goal attempt and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. Slye converted from 52 yards on his lone field goal and has now gone three straight games without a missed kick. That has helped stabilize his value following his Week 12 letdown against the Saints. With two weeks left in the season, Slye currently sits on 96 points scored for the campaign.
Slye made both field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's 40-20 loss in Atlanta. Slye was able to convert from 46 and 42 yards on his field goals, which were his first field-goal attempts since a shaky Week 12 performance. The 23-year-old likely is still on a short leash with seven missed field goals and four missed extra points this season, but he'll head into Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks having made his last seven kicks.
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