Replacing Stephen Gostkowski

Replacing Stephen Gostkowski?

Stephen Gostkowski has been one of the top kickers in the NFL over the past five seasons. However, the start to his 2016 campaign has been marred by a higher rate of missed kicks, largely due to inconsistent mechanics. With a missed extra point against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, the Twitterverse has begun…

NFL Special Teams Investment

How do NFL teams allocate resources? Dave Archibald has looked at the real price of contract extensions and draft picks on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive linemen, cornerbacks and the trends on offense in general. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate special teams investment. Special teams is often an afterthought for NFL analysts, who tend to focus on…

Paying NFL Kickers

Recent playoff history for the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots have shown the importance of kickers in an increasingly-competitive league. The advent of the 33-yard extra point has altered the landscape by providing another data point for kickers to differentiate themselves from one-another, creating a greater difference in value between kickers at the top…

Introducing Chandler Catanzaro: The NFL’s Next Great Kicker Is Already Here

Kickers can be difficult to predict, with variance among the most accurate kickers from year to year. Chuck Zodda reviewed the tape on rising star Chandler Catanzaro, whose big leg and clean mechanics put him on track to join the upper echelon of kickers. Chandler Catanzaro went undrafted out of Clemson in 2014 despite a career in which he missed just two…

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ITP Glossary: Kicker

Football is littered with specialized terminology. From climbing the pocket to off man technique, commentators rarely get to explain everything you need to know before the next play. Inside The Pylon’s glossary was developed to give fans a deeper understanding of the game through clear explanations, as well as image and video examples. Please contact us…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #4: Edelman’s West Coast Romp

Mark Schofield continues his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s catch and run against the San Diego Chargers. Click here for Play #1: The Pass, Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of…