Jets' Nick Folk: Nails 27 field goals in 2016
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(7:45 pm ET) Folk converted 27 of 31 field-goal attempts and 24 of 26 extra points during the 2016 season.

Folk had a quietly-solid season for the Jets in 2016. However, given how he did in fact play for the Jets, you never knew what to expect from him on a weekly basis, rendering him unserviceable in most formats. Case in point, look at his numbers from Week 9 and Week 10. In Week 9 against the Dolphins, Folk made three field goals and three extra points only to come back with a clunker (thanks to a missed PAT) the game after. With the team's quarterback situation far from solved, expect more uncertainty out of Folk in 2017.

Seahawks' Steven Hauschka: Set for free agency
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(7:30 pm ET) Hauschka made both of his field-goal attempts and both extra points during Seattle's divisional-round playoff loss to Atlanta.

Hauschka was mistake-free on Saturday, but with the Seahawks leaving Atlanta with a loss, the veteran is now set to hit free agency. He played the 2016 season under the last year of a three-year contract extension at a price tag of $2.7 million. Considering he led the league with seven missed PATs this season, don't be surprised if Seattle transitions to a younger and cheaper option at kicker.

Packers' Mason Crosby: Hits winning field goal in playoff victory
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(1:15 pm ET) Crosby made four extra points and two field goals -- including a game-winning 51-yard attempt as time expired -- in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Crosby played a starring role in Sunday's contest, nailing a 56-yard attempt with 1:33 left in the game and then eventually connecting on the game winner after Dallas tied the game with just 35 second to go. His two makes extended a streak of made field-goal attempts in playoff games to an impressive 23 in a row.

Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Has rollercoaster rookie season
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(1:15 pm ET) Aguayo finished the 2016 season with a 22-for-31 tally on field goals, as well as a 32-for-34 mark on extra-point attempts.

Aguayo was one of the more talked-about rookie kickers in recent memory, given his surprise second-round selection last spring. The FSU product endured the requisite ups and downs that seem to affect the majority of first-year players, except that the spotlight shone particularly bright on his mistakes given the individualistic nature of his position. There were definitely times when it looked like Aguayo had this NFL thing figured out -- such as a pair of separate three-game stretches when he was perfect on all his kicks -- but they would inevitably be followed by games with some confounding misses from fairly manageable distances. The 40-to-49-yard range seemed to particularly bedevil Aguayo, as he was only able to connect on four of 10 attempts from that area of the field. That particular statistical nugget might best crystallize what has to be the biggest concern for the soon-to-be second-year player and the Bucs alike; NFL teams eventually have no use for a kicker, regardless of draft position, that can't consistently convert from what is usually the most common range for field-goal attempts throughout the course of a season. A diligent worker by all accounts, Aguayo will undoubtedly focus on honing his accuracy throughout the offseason. However, the Bucs aren't going to let him cruise into the 2017 campaign without competition, already having inked former Liberty University kicker John Lunsford, who booted an NCAA-record 12 field goals of over 50 yards, to a futures contract on Jan. 4.

Steelers' Chris Boswell: Kicks playoff record six field-goals
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(12:15 am ET) Boswell was successful on all six field-goal attempts (22, 26, 38, 43, 43, 45) in the Steelers' 18-16 playoff win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Boswell provided all the scoring for Pittsburgh and, in the process, set an NFL record for most field-goals in a playoff game. The Steelers will face New England in the AFC championship game next week.

Texans' Nick Novak: Three field goals in Saturday's playoff loss
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(1/15/2017) Novak kicked three field goals and an extra point in Saturday's 34-16 loss to the Patriots in the division-round playoff game.

Novak once again benefited from a Texans' offense that failed execute and couldn't finish drives. His 10 points in the playoff loss is a nice finish to a season in which he scored 127 points during the regular season. He's had a steady 29-game run as the Texans placekicker, since taking over in Week 4 of 2015. He converted 86 percent of his kicks over his two seasons in Houston and enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. If the Texans don't make a run at him, Novak will certainly get a chance to compete for a job in some team's training camp.

Panthers' Graham Gano: Recovering from foot surgery
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(1/14/2017) Gano underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken bone in the heel of his plant foot, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Gano originally suffered the injury during Week 14's win over the Chargers, but he was able to play through the pain throughout the Panthers' final three games. He figures to be back at full health by the time training camp rolls around.

Giants' Robbie Gould: Makes two field goals
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(1/11/2017) Gould made both of his short field-goal attempts in Sunday's wild card loss to the Packers.

Gould took over early in the year for Josh Brown who was released and hit all 10 of his regular-season field-goal attempts and both of his ones in the postseason. He did miss three PATs, however, and none of his field goals were from beyond 50 yards. It's unclear yet whether the Giants will bring him back for 2017.

Dolphins' Andrew Franks: Will likely face competition in training camp
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(1/10/2017) Franks finished the 2016 season 16-21 on his field goal attempts.

That comes out to a 76.2% success rate which is well below the norm in today's NFL. Franks has a big leg but only attempted two FG over 50-yards this season which could lead you to wonder if the coaching staff just doesn't trust him. Franks was 41-42 on extra point attempts but that won't be enough to solidify his job for next season.

Ravens' Justin Tucker: Turns in All-Pro performance in 2016
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(1/10/2017) Tucker finished the season 38-of-39 on field goals and 27-of-27 on extra points to earn unanimous First-Team All-Pro honors.

Tucker's 38 made field goals tie him for fifth all-time for a single season and were the most by an NFL kicker since both he and Stephen Gostkowski converted 38 field goals in 2013. Not only was Tucker's volume impressive, but his accuracy was elite as he missed just one kick all season to notch a 97.44 field goal percentage. Tucker was also automatic from distance as he converted all 24 attempts of 40-plus yards, 10 of which were from beyond 50 yards. He finished second only to Matt Bryant among kickers in standard scoring formats, thanks in part to Bryant having a whopping 30 more extra point attempts. Tucker remains an elite option at kicker heading into 2017 and his career 89.84 field goal percentage ranks him No.1 in NFL history.

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