Buccaneers' Nick Folk: Stays hot in Thursday OTA
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/25/2017) Folk drilled all five of his field-goal attempts in Thursday's OTA, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The veteran kicker has been lights out over this week's OTAs, as he'd also been perfect on four attempts through the much narrower 8.5-foot wide uprights that the Bucs utilized in Tuesday's session. NFL regulation goalposts were utilized Thursday, which seemed to help fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo as well.


Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Bounces back in Thursday OTA
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/25/2017) Aguayo drilled at least four field goals during Thursday's OTA session, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

It was a nice bounce-back for the beleaguered second-year kicker, who had gone just 1-for-4 while attempting to kick through 8.5-foot wide uprights on Tuesday. The Bucs were back to regulation goal posts Thursday, which clearly seemed to help Aguayo's cause. The former FSU kicker will attempt to hold off the challenge of veteran Nick Folk this summer, and the latter has notably gotten off to a strong start over the first few sessions.


Buccaneers' Nick Folk: Perfect in first OTA practice
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/24/2017) Folk went 4-for-4 on field goals from approximately 35-40 yards out in Tuesday's OTA practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Both Folk and second-year incumbent Roberto Aguayo attempted four kicks apiece at the end of practice into 8.5-foot wide goal posts, which are a full 10 feet narrower than NFL regulation uprights. Notably, Aguayo made only 25 percent of his attempts while Folk was perfect. While it's only one practice in May, Aguayo likely doesn't have much room for error alongside a proven kicker like Folk, who made 87.1 percent of his 31 attempts in 2016 with the Jets and has an extensive NFL track record.


Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Struggles in first OTA session
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/24/2017) Aguayo converted just 1-of-4 field-goal attempts from approximately 35-to-40 yards out during Tuesday's OTAs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

It should be noted that both the second-year kicker and offseason acquisition Nick Folk kicked into narrower-than-usual goalposts that measured just 8.5 feet in width, a full 10 feet less than regulation uprights. However, Folk was perfect on all four of his tries, so Aguayo was alone in his struggles on the afternoon. The 2016 second-round pick had plenty of trouble last season with the distance he attempted his kicks from Tuesday, as he went just 4-for-11 on attempts of 40 yards or more.


Giants' Aldrick Rosas: Drawing praise over offseason
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(5/23/2017) Rosas has impressed the Giants brass during the offseason and looks poised to enter training camp as the team's top kicker, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "He's got nice size, a nice strong leg and he's been highly accurate since he's been here," special teams coach Tom Quinn said of Rosas last week. "He's very coachable, so he's been very good to work with. We've only had a couple of weeks that we've been able to get him out here with a snap and hold."

When the Giants signed the Southern Oregon product to a reserve/future contract in January, it was expected that he'd be more of a training-camp body than a serious candidate to assume kicking duties in the 2017 season. However, with incumbent kicker Robbie Gould not retained and the Giants opting not to address the position in the draft or free agency, Rosas suddenly looks like a good bet to crack the 53-man roster, despite his lack of prior NFL experience. Unlike Gould and Josh Brown before him, Rosas offers a big leg to the Giants' kicking game, and the consistency with which he's hit field goals so far in offseason workouts has helped assuage some of the concerns the organization had about his accuracy. Given his lack of track record at the professional level, Rosas will still need a strong preseason to solidify his spot with the Giants, but the 22-year-old could carry some intrigue as a final-round flier in fantasy drafts while he supports what could be a potent Giants offense.


Panthers' Graham Gano: Medically cleared following foot surgery
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(5/17/2017) Gano has been medically cleared after undergoing surgery on his heel this offseason, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports. "It's really nice to be able to kick without pain," Gano said Wednesday.

Gano dealt with a nagging injury to a bone in the heel of his plant foot for a large portion of the 2016 campaign, and in Week 14, that very bone snapped in half while he attempted a kickoff. He managed to play through the pain for the remainder of the season, but went just 6-of-9 on field goals during the Panthers' final three games. The veteran kicker ultimately underwent surgery to fix the problem in January, and now that he's back to full heath, he'll need to show there are no lingering effects from the procedure in order to fend off seventh-round draft pick Harrison Butker for a roster spot.


John Lunsford: Let go by Seahawks
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/9/2017) Lunsford was released by the Seahawks on Tuesday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

Lunsford was brought in by the Seahawks to compete with Blair Walsh for the kicking gig. It appears as if the veteran Walsh did enough to separate himself from the 23-year-old, leaving Lunsford to search for another training camp kicking battle elsewhere.


Panthers' Graham Gano: To compete with rookie
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/1/2017) Gano (foot) faces competition from seventh-round pick Harrison Butker ahead of this season, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Gano has served as Carolina's kicker since 2012, but last season was the first in which he converted under 80 percent of his field-goal attempts. Coming off January surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot and also entering the final year of his contract, Gano will surely have taken note of the Panthers' selection of Butker, who he'll compete with to keep his job during the offseason program and training camp.


Panthers' Harrison Butker: Picked by Panthers
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(4/29/2017) The Panthers selected Butker in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 233rd overall.

Butker only made 43-of-60 field goal attempts at Georgia Tech (71.7 percent), but he only missed two of his 210 career extra point. It's anyone's guess how much of a threat he might be to Graham Gano.


Bengals' Jake Elliott: Nabbed by Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(4/29/2017) The Bengals selected Elliott in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 153rd overall.

Elliott being the first kicker off the board comes as a bit of a surprise with many ranking Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez or Auburn's Daniel Carlson ahead of him. Still, the Bengals are clearly sold on Elliott's ability to the point where they felt comfortable spending a mid-round selection on the former Memphis Tiger. He made all 202 of his extra-point attempts in college and hit 21 of 26 field goals last season. He's in line to compete with veteran Randy Bullock for the Bengals' starting kicking job, but given the team's investment in Elliott, we'll presume that the rookie probably has an edge here.


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