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Titans Kicking Carousel Continues As Team Just Can’t Fix Major Issue

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The infamous Cleveland Browns jersey listing the forgettable names of those who have lined up under center will soon have company in jersey lore. After releasing Michael Badgley on Monday, Tennessee is poised to add a thirteenth name to their kicker’s jersey since 2019.

Badgley was signed on September 11th, one day prior to the Titans’ season opening game with Arizona. Adding Badgley to the roster so close to game day was necessary after presumed starter Sam Ficken was sent to injured reserve.

In Sunday’s 38-13 loss, the newly-signed Badgley missed both an extra point and a field goal. His release leaves the Titans without a kicker on the current 53-man roster, though Randy Bullock remains on the practice squad.

Ficken was signed during training camp with the hope that he would finally put an end to Tennessee’s kicking misery. Since 2019, the following players have had the pleasure (pain?) of kicking for the Titans: Ryan Succop, Cairo Santos, Cody Parkey, Greg Joseph, Ryan Santoso, Tucker McCann, Stephen Gostkowski, Giorgio Tavecchio, Sam Sloman, Blake Haubeil, Ficken and Badgley.

The 12 previous kickers who have spent their Sundays in a Titan helmet have set the bar extremely low for Tennessee’s next golden toe. Tennessee finished the 2019 and 2020 seasons ranked 32nd and 31st in field goal success rate.

“(We’ll) take a look at some guys working out, Randy’s (Bullock) on the practice squad, find somebody that we think is going to make them and protect for him,” head coach Mike Vrabel said. “That’s the plan.”

 

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. Maybe stop trying to pan handle for cast-off kickers and invest real money in a proven one. Better yet, if this has been an ongoing issue for years now it’s officially time to DRAFT ONE. You will not win in the NFL with a poor kicking game. Period. The level of competition leads to close games, and if you can’t cash in on field goals inside of 50 and extra points it’s the difference in between 6-10 and 10-6. You get what you pay for.

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