Kickers: The sleepers, busts and top picks to watch
August 05, 2008
Josh BrownRams: The former Seahawk brings his 80 percent career field-goal rate indoors to the Edward Jones Dome.
Mason CrosbyPackers: Unless there's a Brett Favre return, the NFL scoring leader's extra-point total will fall, but his field-goal chances should skyrocket.
Shaun SuishamRedskins: Washington's new offense will drive his points total north.
Jason ElamFalcons: After 15 years of kicking in Mile High, he falls to the depths of the NFL with Atlanta.
David AkersEagles: In the last four seasons he's gone from being the NFL's second-most accurate kicker alltime to 14th.
Jason Hanson Lions: Detroit's new conservative offense will mean fewer chances for the longest-suffering Lion.
Matt Prater Broncos: True, he has only four career field-goal attempts, but Denver's kickers have accounted for at least 103 points each year since 1993.
Jay FeelyDolphins: Big changes on offense, including the return of two top running backs, make the idea of taking a Miami kicker less laughable than it has been.
Adam VinatieriColts: Sure, he didn't make a field goal of 40 yards or longer last year, but he only attempted three from that range.
1. Stepehn Gostkowski, Patriots: With the Patriots setting all kinds of scoring records last year, Gostkowski flourished, ranking second in scoring with 137 points thanks to converting a staggering 74 extra points. 2. Nick Folk, Cowboys: Folk finished fourth in scoring during his rookie season with 131 points, converting 26-of-31 field goals with 53 extra points. Behind an explosive Cowboys' offense, Folk should once again top 130 points in 2008. 3. Josh Brown, Rams: Brown scored a career-high 127 points with Seattle last year and then signed a five-year, $14.2 million contract with the Rams. If Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson can stay healthy, Brown could top 125 points again this year. 4. Shayne Graham, Bengals: He's a steady kicker on a team that should be among the league's leaders in scoring, so expect another 125-plus points from Graham in '08. 5. Josh Scobee, Jaguars: Scobee was a top-five scorer in '06, and with a full season of health in '08 he should be able to deliver 120-plus points again.
-- Compiled by SI Staff
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