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Top Chase McLaughlin News

  • Chase McLaughlin: Waived by Browns

    The Browns have waived McLaughlin, Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    The team also waived Chris Blewitt, moves prompted by the Browns' selection of fellow kicker Cade York in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. McLaughlin, who made 15 of his 21 field-goal attempts and 36 of 37 extra-point tries in 2021 (his only season with Cleveland) now will look for an opportunity to compete for a roster spot elsewhere.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Competition comes via draft

    McLaughlin will be challenged for the starting placekicker job after Cleveland selected Cade York in the fourth round of the 2022 Draft, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    McLaughlin appeared to stabilize the Browns' kicking woes early in 2021 but faded in the second half. He converted six of 12 field-goal attempts from Week 7 and beyond and finished just 4-for-10 from between 40 and 49 yards. Enter York, the first kicker drafted and considered the top one on the board, who was successful on 15 of 18 attempts for LSU last season, including 5-for-7 from 50-plus yards. McLaughlin enters offseason activities as the incumbent, but the job will be York's to lose.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Back with Browns

    Cleveland re-signed McLaughlin on Tuesday.

    McLaughlin wasn't initially tendered a contract for the 2022 season, but the Browns have now re-signed him as a free agent. He served as the team's starting kicker in 2021, when he made his first nine field-goal-attempts of the year but then went 6-for-12 down the stretch.

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  • Chase McLaughlin: Let go by Cleveland

    McLaughlin became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the Browns elected not to tender him a contract for 2022, Brandon Little of SI.com reports.

    McLaughlin served as Cleveland's kicker during the 2021 campaign and made his first nine field-goal attempts of the season, but he went 6-for-12 on field goals down the stretch, with all six misses coming between 40 and 49 yards. The 25-year-old has already kicked for six NFL teams since going undrafted out of Illinois in 2019.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Makes all three extra points

    McLaughlin did not attempt a field goal and converted all three extra-point kicks in Week 18's 21-16 win over the Bengals.

    McLaughlin converted his final seven kicks (all extra points) of the season, but a spate of misses in the second half left his hold on the job tenuous. A waiver wire pickup in the offseason, the 25-year-old McLaughlin won the job out of camp and initially stabilized Cleveland's shaky kicking game before cracks emerged. He made 15 of 21 field-goal attempts and missed six of 10 between 40 and 49 yards. There's a reason why he's been with six organizations in six NFL seasons. The Browns are likely to hold a kicker competition next summer, which could include McLaughlin if they choose to re-sign him. Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry did not rule out drafting a kicker, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports, and the team signed kicker Chris Blewitt to a reserve/future contract.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Converts two extra points

    McLaughlin successfully converted two extra-point kicks and did not have a field-goal attempt in Monday's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.

    McLaughlin returned to action after missing a week while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. While he managed to avoid a missed kick for the first time in five games, McLaughlin is on thin ice entering the offseason. There have been too many missed kicks for a team whose offense has averaged just 16.9 points per game since Week 5.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Off COVID list

    Cleveland activated McLaughlin (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

    In a related move, the Browns released Chris Naggar, who filled in for McLaughlin as the Browns' kicker in the team's Week 16 loss to Green Bay. McLaughlin is currently on track to return to action Monday night versus the Steelers, and head coach Kevin Stefanski said earlier Thursday that he anticipates the 25-year-old being the team's kicker this week, according to Zac Jackson of The Athletic. That said, McLaughlin's job was on thin ice prior to him landing on the list, and the team still has a kicker on hand on the practice squad in Chris Blewitt, who was signed Wednesday.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Headed to COVID-19 list

    McLaughlin tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and isn't expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Packers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

    According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, McLaughlin is in line to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list, with Chris Naggar slated to come up from the team's practice squad in advance of Saturday's game. Look for the moves to be made official later Friday.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Remains team's kicker

    McLaughlin will remain the Browns' kicker for Saturday's game against the Packers, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "Chase is our kicker," Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday.

    McLaughlin's slump won't cost him his job at this time. Speculation about a change has been ramping up the last several weeks, as the kicker made just four of nine field-goal attempts the last six weeks with all five misses coming from 40-to-49 yards. That includes a big miss Monday in a 16-14 loss to the Raiders. The Browns have Chris Naggar on the practice squad if Stefanski is compelled to make a change after Week 16.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: No kicking change planned

    Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn't answer when asked whether he was considering replacing McLaughlin as the team's kicker, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "I am not going to get into any roster-type things like that," Stefanski said. "Chase understands that he has to make those kicks. He puts as much pressure on himself as anybody else. He wants to come through, and we are counting on him."

    McLaughlin's missed 47-yard field-goal attempt proved costly in Monday's 16-14 loss to Las Vegas. The 25-year-old appeared to be the solution to the Browns' recent kicking woes early in the season, but cracks started to form Week 7. McLaughlin, who is with his sixth organization, has made 15 of 21 attempts, including just four of nine from 40-to-49 yards, with all the misses coming since Oct. 21.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Calls for job should increase

    McLaughlin missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted two of two extra point kicks in Monday's 16-14 loss to Las Vegas.

    After nailing an attempt that was wiped out by the Raiders' late timeout call, McLaughlin missed wide right on a 41-yard attempt as time ran out in the first half. That would have made it a 10-3 game heading into the second half. He's misfired on field goals in five of the last six games, going 4-of-9 during the stretch. Some of the misses put the Browns in a more difficult position, but McLaughlin's miss Monday was the first one that can be argued cost Cleveland a win. The coaching staff has stuck by the struggling kicker, but they may have to make a change.

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  • Browns' Chase McLaughlin: Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

    McLaughlin and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

    Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Cypress, TX
Age: 26
School: Illinois
Experience: 4