Kickers

August 05, 2007

ON THE RISE

STEPHENGOSTKOWSKI Patriots
New England's retooled offense will help keep the second-year kicker on aVinatieri-like pace.

ROBBIE GOULDBears
Grossman's offense tends to stall in the red zone, which is good news forGould.

JEFF WILKINSRams
St. Louis will be better than .500, and Wilkins, one of the NFL's mostaccurate, will benefit.

ON THE DECLINE

JASON ELAMBroncos
The 15-year veteran is not getting the high number of attempts he used to.

JEFF REEDSteelers
He's only as productive as Big Ben's attack, which didn't click in '06. Thatdoesn't explain Reed's worst kicking pct. in three seasons.

LAWRENCE TYNESGiants
RB Brandon Jacobs, a shoo-in near the goal line, will limit Tynes'schances.

SLEEPERS

ROB BIRONASTitans
True, he had only 33 points through eight games last year--but he had 64 in thelast eight.

OLINDO MARESaints
Two things he never had in Miami: an explosive offense and--hallelujah!--adome.

JUSTIN MEDLOCKChiefs
Larry Johnson and no competition in camp make the newcomer from UCLA the RookieKicker Most Likely to Succeed.

SI PLAYERRANKINGS FOR 2007 with 2006 stats


    POINTS POINTS/GAME FG PCT. XP PCT. 40-49 FGS 50-PLUS FGS LONGEST FG BYE WEEK
1. Nate Kaeding, Chargers 136 8.5 89.7 100.0 7/9 1/1 54 7
2. Adam Vinatieri, Colts 113 8.69 89.3 100.0 9/10 0/1 48 6
3. Robbie Gould, Bears 143 8.94 88.9 100.0 12/14 0/0 49 9
4. Neil Rackers, Cardinals 116 7.25 75.7 100.0 7/10 1/7 50 8
5. Shayne Graham, Bengals 115 7.19 83.3 95.23 6/8 2/4 51 5
6. Jeff Wilkins, Rams 131 8.19 86.5 100.0 11/16 3/3 53 9
7. Josh Brown, Seahawks 111 6.94 80.6 100.0 7/9 3/5 54 8
8. Matt Stover, Ravens 121 7.56 93.3 100.0 6/7 1/1 52 8
9. David Akers, Eagles 102 6.38 78.3 100.0 6/8 0/0 47 5
10. Olindo Mare, Saints 100 6.25 72.2 100.0 9/12 1/6 52 4
11. Joe Nedney, 49ers 116 7.25 82.9 100.0 7/9 1/2 51 6
12. John Kasay, Panthers 100 6.25 88.9 100.0 8/8 4/7 54 7
13. Josh Scobee, Jaguars 119 7.44 81.2 100.0 14/18 0/1 48 4
14. Stephen Gostkowski, Pats 103 6.44 76.9 97.7 2/4 1/1 52 10
15. Jason Elam, Broncos 115 7.19 93.1 100.0 6/8 1/1 51 6
16. Jason Hanson, Lions 117 7.31 87.9 100.0 7/8 3/6 53 6
17. Mike Nugent, Jets 106 6.63 88.9 97.1 4/4 2/3 54 10
18. Rob Bironas, Titans 98 6.13 78.6 100.0 4/8 1/2 60 4
19. Jeff Reed, Steelers 101 6.31 74.1 100.0 4/7 1/1 50 6
20. Jay Feely, Dolphins 107 6.69 85.2 100.0 6/8 0/1 47 9
21. Rian Lindell, Bills 102 6.38 92.0 100.0 8/10 2/2 53 6
22. Lawrence Tynes, Giants 107 6.69 77.4 97.2 7/10 2/4 53 9
23. Justin Medlock, Chiefs + 113 8.69 87.5 100.0 5/8 2/2 51 8
24. Phil Dawson, Browns 88 5.tk 72.4 100.0 6/12 1/1 51 7
25. Ryan Longwell, Vikings 90 5.63 84.0 96.4 4/6 0/2 49 5
26. Martin Gramatica, Cowboys 44 5.5 77.8 100.0 3/5 0/0 48 8
27. Matt Bryant, Buccaneers 73 4.56 77.3 95.7 5/9 1/2 62 10
28. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders 70 4.38 72.0 100.0 3/3 3/7 55 5
29. Dave Rayner, Packers 109 6.81 74.3 96.9 8/11 1/3 54 7
30. Kris Brown, Texans 83 5.19 76.0 96.3 11/13 0/2 49 10
31. Shaun Suisham, Redskins 41 5.13 81.8 100.0 1/1 1/2 52 4
32. Mike Vanderjagt, free agent 72 7.2 72.2 100.0 1/4 1/1 50


+ College stats

PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (GOSTKOWSKI) PHOTOJOE MURPHY/WIREIMAGE.COM (BIRONAS)

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