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Old 05-21-2014, 01:48 AM   #11
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Graham isn't the answer. His first NFL contract was with the New Orleans Saints where he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Since then Graham has been on the rosters of 14 NFL franchises . S there is a reason why he can't seem to stick somewhere for long He don't have a NFL leg
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Graham isn't the answer. His first NFL contract was with the New Orleans Saints where he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Since then Graham has been on the rosters of 14 NFL franchises . S there is a reason why he can't seem to stick somewhere for long He don't have a NFL leg

He has had a 17-year-career in the NFL. So that tells me he probably has an NFL leg. I wouldn't care to guess how many kickers with "NFL legs" have washed out of the league in that span.

Last 5 years he's hit 51 out of 59 field goal attempts, with 5 of those misses coming from 50+ yards. Before that he had years where he hit 21-of-21, 31-of-34, 25-of-30, 28-of-32, 27-of-31 and 22-of-25. His career FG percentage is 85.5 which is 7th best of all-time and less than 1 percentage point behind Mike Vanderjagt who is tops on the list.

That doesn't mean Graham is a stud or an all-time great, but it does definitely show that he is worthy of being an NFL kicker.

As for the number of teams he's been on, if you look at it he's been a victim of circumstance. His performance has never been the issue, it's always somebody wanting to have a younger/cheaper kicker or him coming in midseason as an injury replacement and knowing that next year the other guy was coming back.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:07 PM   #13
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Thought it was very smart of Payton to sign him; a kicker who kicked outdoors in the snow, ice of Cincinnati, which also includes a schedule that takes 'em to Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland...

So kicking in the Dome should be really nice, but he has experience kicking outdoors...

Hartley fell apart outdoors and had concentration problems inside the thirty-five which had dramatic effect on those seasons...

I can live with a kicker being 70% beyond 48 yds and 95% under same...

Besides, with this offense and where we've spent our money, we shouldn't have to rely on 50yd field goals...

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Besides, with this offense and where we've spent our money, we shouldn't have to rely on 50yd field goals...
But we have and we will and it'd sure be nice to have it when we do.
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But we signed Sergio.

Sergio Castillo, K, West Texa s A&M, 5-11, 195: Set a Division-II career scoring record and honored as country’s best small-school kicker.
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We also have Dimeke on the roster also. For some reason I thought they cut Castillo a while back
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