Training Camp Profile: K Chandler Catanzaro
By Samuel Sutton
Here is a 2017 training camp profile for kicker Chandler Catanzaro of the New York Jets.
The New York Jets released a lot of their veterans in the 2017 offseason. One of those veterans was kicker Nick Folk. As a replacement, the team signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro.
Catanzaro has kicked fairly well for the Cardinals, but he’s also had his share of mistakes. Can he stay more consistent with the Jets? Here’s a look at his 2016 season, a prediction of 2017, and how he might do come training camp.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Last year was the worst of Catanzaro’s career. He made 75 percent of his field goals, which was a career low. Some Jets fans question the signing of this guy because of this.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
A lot of guys usually take some time to pull out of a slump. However, it probably won’t be that way for this man. He’s kicked well in his career, and while may not have been great, the Cardinals could still count on him most of the time.
Although, if he does play poorly, they need to get rid of him. The Jets are rebuilding, and they need to know that they have the right players. They can’t have too many mistakes at any position, including the kicker.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Offseason is critical for him. Fortunately for kickers, they get a lot of reps. A team usually doesn’t have a backup kicker, so the starter gets all of the reps. If he can improve, and increase his confidence with all of these reps, he’ll be fine.
Kickers are never guaranteed their position. If a guy isn’t hitting his field goals in the offseason, then he won’t stick around long. He has a good chance at staying on the roster, but if he doesn’t perform, then he’s got to go.