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.
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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.
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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.”