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July 24, 2006
July 24, 2006

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July 24, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Baseball
Cycling
  • As a wide-open race heated up and headed into its final, brutal week in the Alps, U.S. rider Floyd Landis--bad hip and all--was poised to grab the leader's jersey for good, or go down trying

Pro Football
Inside Cover
Fantasy Football Preview 2006
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Kickers

ON THE RISE

This is an article from the July 24, 2006 issue Original Layout

SHAYNE GRAHAM,Bengals
He has scored 100 points and hit better than 87% of his field goals in each ofthe last three seasons.

ADAM VINATIERI,Colts
Add "RCA Dome" and "Peyton Manning--led offense" to an alreadylong list of positives.

LAWRENCE TYNES,Chiefs
A new coach (conservative Herm Edwards) and a new offensive philosophy shouldlead to decreased red zone efficiency--and more field goals.

ON THEDECLINE

NEIL RACKERS,Cardinals
No way he approaches last year's numbers, especially with Edgerrin Jameshandling goal line duties.

JASON ELAM,Broncos
At 36, he's starting to show wear (eight missed field goals last year).

SEBASTIANJANIKOWSKI, Raiders
He had accuracy problems last season, especially with what used to be hissignature long kicks (7 for 15 beyond 40 yards).

SLEEPERS

RYAN LONGWELL,Vikings
The move to a dome boosts the value of this long-ball specialist (career 69%beyond 40 yards).

STEPHENGOSTKOWSKI/MARTIN GRAMATICA, Patriots
Whoever wins this battle has to fill the big shoes of Adam Vinatieri, but acareer-high point total will follow.

OLINDO MARE,Dolphins
Healthy and backed by an improving offense, he's primed for a rebound year atage 33.

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 SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006 With 2005 statsPOINTSPOINTS/GAMEFG PCT.XP PCT.40-49 FGS50-PLUS FGSLONG FGBYE WEEK
1.Adam Vinatieri, Colts *1126.2580.097.64/60/2496
2.Neil Rackers, Cardinals1409.3395.2100.013/146/7549
3.John Kasay, Panthers1217.5676.597.76/93/8529
4.Shayne Graham, Bengals1318.1987.5100.07/90/1495
5.Jeff Reed, Steelers1177.3182.8100.06/90/2444
6.Jay Feely, Giants1489.2583.3100.08/103/5524
7.Josh Brown, Seahawks1106.8872.098.24/75/8555
8.Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs1257.8181.897.84/82/3523
9.David Akers, Eagles715.9272.7100.05/91/2509
10.Mike Vanderjagt, Cowboys *1217.5692.0100.07/80/0483
11.Jason Elam, Broncos1157.1975.097.79/131/4514
12.Matt Stover, Ravens1137.0688.2100.011/140/0497
13.Nate Kaeding, Chargers1127.0087.5100.08/110/0493
14.Ryan Longwell, Vikings *905.6374.196.83/54/5536
15.Olindo Mare, Dolphins1086.7583.3100.06/61/2538
16.Jeff Wilkins, Rams1177.3187.1100.09/114/5537
17.John Hall, Redskins636.3072.7100.05/60/1458
18.Rian Lindell, Bills1137.0682.9100.07/103/3538
19.Josh Scobee, Jaguars1076.6976.797.45/102/3536
20.Matt Bryant, Buccaneers946.2784.0100.010/111/2504
21.Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders905.6366.7100.07/120/3493
22.Jason Hanson, Lions845.6079.2100.04/72/4528
23.Phil Dawson, Browns1006.2593.190.55/50/0446
24.Stephen Gostkowski,† Patriots *1018.4288.0100.07/73/3536
25.Joe Nedney, 49ers976.4792.9100.010/102/3567
26.Rob Bironas, Titans996.1979.393.85/72/5537
27.John Carney, Saints976.0678.1100.08/120/0497
28.Kris Brown, Texans1026.3876.5100.04/61/2535
29.Robbie Gould, Bears826.3177.895.03/80/0457
30.Mike Nugent, Jets905.6378.6100.07/100/0499
31.Billy Cundiff, Packers *294.8362.5100.00/01/1566
32.Tony Yelk,† Falcons *625.5066.783.31/60475

*New team for2006 season † College stats

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