Kickers

July 23, 2006

ON THE RISE

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.


  SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006 With 2005 stats POINTS POINTS/GAME FG PCT. XP PCT. 40-49 FGS 50-PLUS FGS LONG FG BYE WEEK
1. Adam Vinatieri, Colts * 112 6.25 80.0 97.6 4/6 0/2 49 6
2. Neil Rackers, Cardinals 140 9.33 95.2 100.0 13/14 6/7 54 9
3. John Kasay, Panthers 121 7.56 76.5 97.7 6/9 3/8 52 9
4. Shayne Graham, Bengals 131 8.19 87.5 100.0 7/9 0/1 49 5
5. Jeff Reed, Steelers 117 7.31 82.8 100.0 6/9 0/2 44 4
6. Jay Feely, Giants 148 9.25 83.3 100.0 8/10 3/5 52 4
7. Josh Brown, Seahawks 110 6.88 72.0 98.2 4/7 5/8 55 5
8. Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs 125 7.81 81.8 97.8 4/8 2/3 52 3
9. David Akers, Eagles 71 5.92 72.7 100.0 5/9 1/2 50 9
10. Mike Vanderjagt, Cowboys * 121 7.56 92.0 100.0 7/8 0/0 48 3
11. Jason Elam, Broncos 115 7.19 75.0 97.7 9/13 1/4 51 4
12. Matt Stover, Ravens 113 7.06 88.2 100.0 11/14 0/0 49 7
13. Nate Kaeding, Chargers 112 7.00 87.5 100.0 8/11 0/0 49 3
14. Ryan Longwell, Vikings * 90 5.63 74.1 96.8 3/5 4/5 53 6
15. Olindo Mare, Dolphins 108 6.75 83.3 100.0 6/6 1/2 53 8
16. Jeff Wilkins, Rams 117 7.31 87.1 100.0 9/11 4/5 53 7
17. John Hall, Redskins 63 6.30 72.7 100.0 5/6 0/1 45 8
18. Rian Lindell, Bills 113 7.06 82.9 100.0 7/10 3/3 53 8
19. Josh Scobee, Jaguars 107 6.69 76.7 97.4 5/10 2/3 53 6
20. Matt Bryant, Buccaneers 94 6.27 84.0 100.0 10/11 1/2 50 4
21. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders 90 5.63 66.7 100.0 7/12 0/3 49 3
22. Jason Hanson, Lions 84 5.60 79.2 100.0 4/7 2/4 52 8
23. Phil Dawson, Browns 100 6.25 93.1 90.5 5/5 0/0 44 6
24. Stephen Gostkowski,† Patriots * 101 8.42 88.0 100.0 7/7 3/3 53 6
25. Joe Nedney, 49ers 97 6.47 92.9 100.0 10/10 2/3 56 7
26. Rob Bironas, Titans 99 6.19 79.3 93.8 5/7 2/5 53 7
27. John Carney, Saints 97 6.06 78.1 100.0 8/12 0/0 49 7
28. Kris Brown, Texans 102 6.38 76.5 100.0 4/6 1/2 53 5
29. Robbie Gould, Bears 82 6.31 77.8 95.0 3/8 0/0 45 7
30. Mike Nugent, Jets 90 5.63 78.6 100.0 7/10 0/0 49 9
31. Billy Cundiff, Packers * 29 4.83 62.5 100.0 0/0 1/1 56 6
32. Tony Yelk,† Falcons * 62 5.50 66.7 83.3 1/6 0 47 5

*New team for2006 season † College stats

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)