The Cardinals still need a kicker.
That’s easy to see, when the lone kicker on the roster — Neil Rackers — is an unrestricted free agent. Foxsports.com reported veteran kicker Jay Feely is due in for a visit to the Cards this weekend. That comes on the heels of general manager Rod Graves acknowledging earlier this week the Cards were still talking with Rackers. I’m not sure if the Feely visit is because of anything changing with Rackers or if it is just the course of business until the Cards get a kicker under contract. Feely will be 34 in May, and had a good season for the outdoor New York Jets in 2009, making 30 of 36 field goals (and all 32 extra points).He was 12 of 15 from 40 yards or longer.
Rackers, who will be 34 in August, was solid last season too, aside from when his groin injury was wreaking havoc on his play. He only tried 17 regular-season field goals, making 16. Of course, everyone remembers the miss to end regulation against the Packers in the playoffs (below) and his issues in the Saints’ playoff game (although his leg had given out because of his injury in that game).
It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. The things that make Rackers so valuable — his quirky ability to do crazy, effective onside kicks and his kamikaze willingness to tackle on kickoffs — are also the things (because of the mentality needed) that give pause when it comes to the end of games.
Personally, I hope Rackers returns, because he is a weapon in so many facets. But that’s far from a lock right now.
Tags: free agency, Jay Feely, Neil Rackers
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