Gano's 29-yarder gave him his only points of Friday's contest, when the Panthers' offense failed to move the ball and put him in scoring situations. When called upon, Gano has converted all seven of his field goal attempts across Carolina's three preseason tilts, although he did miss an extra point last week against Baltimore. Coming off a career-best 146 points last season, Gano's fantasy value currently sits at its highest level since he entered the league in 2009.
After winning the job as an undrafted rookie last season, Franks was able to fend off undrafted rookie Marshall Koehn. Franks didn't have many opportunities last year, converting 13 of 16 field-goal attempts and 33 of 36 PATs. The gap between field-goal tries and extra points figures to be much smaller this year.
Andrew Franks won Miami's kicking competition, despite missing his only field-goal attempt in the team's third preseason game. Koehn, an undrafted rookie, will have a tough time finding another opportunity before the start of the season.
Gostkowski, who missed a 30-yarder and a 52-yarder on Friday, missed just three times on 36 field goal attempts in 2015, and career-wise carries a 87.3 percent mark. After recording a league-high 151 points last season, Gostkowski remains atop the fantasy kicker rankings while working behind the Patriots' offense.
Koehn is battling with incumbent Andrew Franks for the kicking job. While Frank, who was 13-of-16 last season with the Dolphins, certainly has a leg up, Koehn made a good showing on Thursday night as Franks missed his only attempt. Look for this kicking battle to come down to the final preseason game.
Gostkowski is healthy as the 2016 season approaches and by virtue of four straight years in which he has recorded more than 150 points, including a league-high 151 in 2015, he remains atop fantasy kicker rankings while working behind the New England offense.
Bryant is coming off of an injury shortened 2015 that saw him connect on just 14-of-18 field goals. Entering his age-40 season, the veteran kicker is competing with Shayne Graham, who replaced Bryant for the final six games of the season last year, for the kicker spot. Bryant's absence will give Graham a few extra in game reps in Thursday's game.
Hocker has missed out on an opportunity to displace incumbent Mike Nugent, who has missed three field goal attempts in the first two preseason games.
Nugget might see a push from Zach Hocker on Sunday against Jacksonville. Hocker has been out the last two games with a strained tendon in his plant foot. Nugget has been serviceable but never really outstanding as a field goal kicker in his tenure with the team, though he's added to his value with his ability on kickoffs.
The rookie kicker had admitted Monday that he was perhaps focusing "too much on detail and techniques" on the misses he'd had until that point, and that he just needed to "kick the ball." That approach would have come in handy Tuesday, when Aguayo misfired on three kicks in the joint practice session, including one particular miss that drew groans from the crowd. Head coach Dirk Koetter made no bones about his kicker's struggles when speaking to the media, but deferred any questions to general manager Jason Licht about whether another kicker might be brought in as competition for the 2016 second-round pick if the struggles continue. "He's struggling," coach Dirk Koetter conceded after Tuesday's practice. "He's struggling a little bit right now. He has to work his way through it. We've talked to him. He knows what he has to do. He's working through it."