XFL kickers have been patiently waiting for their numbers to be called. After two weeks of action, we finally saw a former XFL kicker get signed to an NFL roster. Former New York Guardians Kicker Matthew McCrane was signed to the Browns Practice Squad this past Tuesday. Below I’ll examine why more kickers deserve a chance on the big stage.
Not having an offseason and Preseason games caused the accuracy of kicks to be down in Week One. However you slice it up, 19 Field goals were missed during the first week of action! It begs the question, when will we start seeing more XFL kickers get an opportunity to see how they fare?
Take former Dallas Renegades kicker Austin MacGinnis. A perfect 10/10 on field goals during the 2020 season. Former St. Louis BattleHawks Kicker Taylor Russolino was 9/10 in his own right, including the longest field goal hit in 2020 at 58 yards. I know they aren’t household names, but these kickers have shown the ability to nail it with great accuracy.
Extra points have been an issue in the NFL ever since the attempt was moved back to 32 yards in 2015. Through two weeks, ten extra points have been missed. When you look at it, every XFL kick attempted looms big for that respective team. With no extra point in the XFL via kick, these kickers have a ton of pressure for each field goal they attempt. I cannot help but think an XFL kicker could come in and prove to be just as accurate as most NFL kickers on squads today.
As the weeks go on, will we see some of these place kickers in the NFL? I sure hope so. Let’s not forget Punters either. Former St. Louis BattleHawks Punter Marquette King has stated he would be focusing his efforts on the NFL, and won’t be back in the XFL. His 47.5 yards per punt proves why he should get another chance.
Bottom line, these special teamers deserve a chance. Let’s not forget, they were playing in meaningful football games just six months ago. As the weeks go on in the National Football League, look for some XFL kickers and punters to possibly get a look. With the above mentioned Matthew McCrane getting an opportunity, perhaps a beacon of light has been established with other former XFL booters.
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