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Monday, September 14, Titans’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski scored sport profitable subject target towards the Denver Broncos.

Nashville Tennessean

DENVER — Stephen Gostkowski, together with his Tennessee ties and new house in Franklin, stated there used to be one thing serendipitous about the way in which his occupation introduced him to Nashville.

“It simply lucked out for me that there used to be an availability to play right here,” Gostkowski stated on Sept. 7 about becoming a member of the Titans, who additionally should have felt lucky to obtain a four-time Professional Bowler, a three-time Tremendous Bowl champion and the league’s fifth-most-accurate kicker of all time as a approach to their traditionally unhealthy kicking woes.

He’s no longer the league’s fifth-most-accurate kicker anymore.

It took just one sport into his Titans occupation – 3 quarters, in truth – for that to modify. In Tennessee’s 16-14 season-opening win over the Denver Broncos on Monday, Gostkowski, who performed collegiately at Memphis, become the newest agita-inducing kicker to don the two-toned blue. The 36-year-old neglected on kicks from 47, 44 and 42 yards away. He neglected vast left on one, vast proper on every other and had every other strive blocked.

After which he redeemed himself. More or less.

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Gostkowski’s 25-yarder with 17 seconds left used to be the game-winner and shifted the tone of his postgame interview to some extent.

“It is surely a chance I did not deserve,” stated Gostkowski, who additionally neglected an additional level Monday, “however thankful I were given it for the staff.”

It used to be Gostkowski’s 205th occupation regular-season sport – and his first with 3 neglected subject objectives.

And his position at the all-time listing for most-accurate kickers? Down 4 spots to No. nine.

For the Titans, this used to be no remoted incident. Their kicking nightmare stretches again to Week five of closing season, when Cairo Santos went Zero-for-Four on field-goal makes an attempt in a seven-point loss to the Expenses. Through season’s finish, the Titans, who went via 5 other kickers in 2019, had an Eight-for-18 mark on subject objectives, the worst conversion price for the reason that Expenses hit 42.three% in their kicks in 1983. They become the primary staff for the reason that 1999 Cleveland Browns – who went 2-14 and averaged a league-worst 13.6 issues – to transform fewer than 10 subject objectives in a season.

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Stephen Gostkowski made one among his 4 subject target makes an attempt, and neglected an additional level, within the Titans’ win Monday evening. (Picture: David Zalubowski, AP)

Gostkowski, who has ties to Titans trainer Mike Vrabel and normal supervisor Jon Robinson going again to their time with the New England Patriots, used to be billed as the solution.

Thru one sport, that hasn’t been the case.

If the Titans glance to head in a special path at kicker, Tucker McCann is the one in-house choice. The undrafted rookie competed with Greg Joseph all over coaching camp for the kicking function prior to being relegated to the observe squad because the staff signed Gostkowski.

Vrabel on Tuesday stated he would imagine sporting two kickers into the staff’s Week 2 sport towards the Jaguars on Sunday (midday, CBS) at Nissan Stadium, because the Titans did at one level closing 12 months with kickers Ryan Succop and Ryan Santoso.

“I’m positive we’d imagine a large number of probabilities with the 48 avid gamers that we’ve got to be had to us at the sport day,” Vrabel stated. “That might be one thing that we’d all the time imagine. It’s whoever provides us the most productive probability every week.”

As for Joseph, a late-season acquisition in 2019 who used to be absolute best on additional issues and hit his best field-goal strive within the postseason? He’s now at the Buccaneers’ observe squad and can stay with Tampa Bay for no less than every other week after the staff designated him as one among its 4 safe observe squad avid gamers.

“With the efficiency of kickers across the League this weekend I would say it is a good move,” Brett Tessler, Joseph’s agent, stated Tuesday on Twitter.

Veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka, whom the Titans reportedly introduced in for a tryout overdue closing month, is a possible choice in loose company.

For now, regardless that, Vrabel has indicated he’s sticking with Gostkowski, who ranks 15th all-time with 375 regular-season subject objectives and is signed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal. After Monday evening’s sport, Vrabel stated he used to be assured the kicking problems can be corrected. On Tuesday, he stated, “(we) have a large number of religion and self belief in Stephen transferring ahead.”

However the Titans’ third-year trainer is aware of there’s little he can do himself to lend a hand his kicker.

“I feel that for a man that’s a occupation 87% field-goal kicker, who’s achieved it so long as he has,” Vrabel stated, “I feel a large number of the ones corrections are going to be on him.”

Practice the Tennessean’s Erik Bacharach on Twitter @ErikBacharach.

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