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Jets 2017 Report Card: Grading kicker Chandler Catanzaro

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the New York Jets kicks a field goal in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the New York Jets kicks a field goal in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Here’s a final report card on kicker Chandler Catanzaro based on his efforts of last season with the New York Jets.

Remember, even kickers need some love too, especially when hanging out final report card grades based on last season. After all, with a game on the line or in a situation to tie, kickers can sometimes be the biggest hero on the gridiron. For the New York Jets, kicker Chandler Catanzaro was slightly above average in the grand scheme of things.

Last season with the Jets, Catanzaro went 25-30 in field goals for a solid 83.3 success rate. He was perfect when kicking anywhere between 1-39 yards out but had some issues on 40-49 yard field goal attempts.

When it came to kicking field goals in the 40-49 yard range, Catanzaro went 12-17 which as a kicker, is an area that separates good from great. Ironically enough, when kicking from 50+ yards out, Catanzaro went a perfect 2-2. He’s got the leg strength to hit some longer-than-usual field goals but messed up a few times when the Jets needed it.

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When it came to extra points, Catanzaro was yet again perfect going 29-29. Set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Catanzaro is undoubtedly worth bringing back based on his strong season with the Jets.

If Catanzaro hits free agency, he’ll undoubtedly have a few teams interested in his services but hopefully, the Jets will retain his services by giving him a new contract. Good kickers are hard to find and considering that he only missed five field goals all season long, bodes well for his return to the city that never sleeps.

Overall, Catanzaro had a good year and would have gotten an even higher grade if he hit just a few more field goals. For the most part, however, he was one of the bright spots in yet another losing season by the Jets.

2017 Grade: B+

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