A summer of three kickers

Posted by Darren Urban on May 21, 2014 – 2:57 pm

I’ve been covering the Cardinals full-time since 2000. I don’t ever remember a time when there were three kickers on the roster, even in the offseason and even when the team was actively looking for a kicker. But that’s what the Cardinals have right now, even with incumbent Jay Feely. He is joined by undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro out of Clemson and Danny Hrapmann, who has had a couple of cups of coffee with the Steelers. Hrapmann has a big leg even though he’s the smallest of the three. You can see that. Cantanzaro had a solid college career, but because Clemson had a punter (Bradley Pinion) who could kick off, he hasn’t done a lot of it. Neither have the résumé of Feely, who has had a very good 14-year career and nailed 30 of 36 field goals last season.

Bruce Arians hasn’t hidden his desire to create competition at kicker since last training camp (Feely responded well then). Still, it’s odd to have three kickers around. What will be interesting to see is if the Cardinals decided to sign one or two of the tryout players in this weekend’s minicamp. Anyone signed means someone has to be cut. Would the Cards trim the kicking lineup to get back a spot on the 90-man roster, or will the Cards bring three kickers all the way to training camp? Or the preseason? Teams are usually loathe to spend too many roster spots on specialists, even in the summer.


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12 Responses to “A summer of three kickers”

  1. By David on May 21, 2014 | Reply

    It’s such B.A .

  2. By Dr. G. on May 21, 2014 | Reply

    Coaches need these guys for practice with all the potential returners they obtained recently. And who knows, maybe some dark horse super kicker may emerge? But Feely will be difficult to supplant… and not just on the field…

  3. By hummer53 on May 21, 2014 | Reply

    That missed FG vs SF in the last game must still eat a BA’s backside. I think he really wanted 11 wins bad even though it still wouldn’t have got us to the playoffs. Come to think of it, I was mad afterwards also.Jay always seems to come out ahead on these challenges but it’s good to have a ” door #2″ in case you need it.

  4. By Scott H on May 21, 2014 | Reply

    Hey, the competition thing is a good thing and it SHOULD be present during OTA’s and training camps at ALL positions. No one should just cruise through this part of the year knowing that the job is his, period. That could clearly lead to complacency and less than best efforts being given. That said…

    …I think there is no way Feely is not the kicker come opening day.

  5. By cardsalltheway on May 21, 2014 | Reply

    These two guys Chandler Catanzaro/Danny Hrapmann can be kept on the team for less money than Feely earns. It’s time to cut Feely so a spot can be had for this guy…

  6. By Big Ken on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    I’d like to see Jay Feely get unseated. Fresh blood at kicker..

  7. By mdcards4life on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    It sure seems like when it comes to clutch 40+ field goals he does really well but the gimmie 20-30 range he at times doesn’t have the same focus as he would 40+ yrd try. i always cross my fingers when he kickes the 20-30 ranges..

  8. By Zachary @zacharykreid on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Feely is pretty good, but has missed some big kicks. Also Feely is one of the worst kickers for kickoffs in the league, and the team can’t afford to have separate place kicker + kick off specialist. I don’t think it’s strictly for show, I think BA would consider replacing Feely in a heartbeat if the thinks the new guy would be mroe reliable.

  9. By djjackson81 on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    The dude from Clemson missed 2 FG attempts in 2 years at school. Can he kick off in the end zone is all I need to here? Touch backs pin the other teams offense at the 20 let AZ defense eat. That’s the new kicker and that’s not Feely. Feely can be cut and no dead money. Go young go cheap it is time already.

  10. By Judy Beatty on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Go with the guy who gives us the best in TC.

  11. By T.Stone on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Not that it matters, but the one who can buy the holder the best gift will win this competition. Welcome back Jay.

  12. By Scott H on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Feely has missed some big kicks, huh? OK. Let’s just find a guy who never misses. Ever. Shouldn’t be too hard to find. I mean, perfect kickers grow on trees, right? You can find one on any street corner. Can’t imagine why we’ve wasted the last few years on Feely.

    Feely may not be perfect but he is a damn solid kicker with a big leg and he’s been doing it at the NFL level for a long time. I say stick with him. IF he goes south during the year or just doesn’t seem to have it anymore, it ain’t like we can’t find someone else at that point.

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