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The Colts Have A New Plan At Kicker

Rodrigo Blankenship #3 of the Indianapolis Colts misses a field goal attempt during overtime against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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The Indianapolis Colts had an opportunity to win their 2022 season opener against the Houston Texans.

However, the game ended in a 20-20 tie.

Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship had an opportunity to nail a game-winning field goal in overtime.

However, he missed a 42-yard attempt that sailed wide right.

He also had two kickoffs that went out of bounds.

It proved to be the cause of his downfall as the Colts waived him two days later, ending his two-year stint with the squad that signed him in 2020.

The Colts’ search for a new kicker has started, as NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported.

Pelissero tweeted, “The #Colts are signing kickers Chase McLaughlin and Lucas Havrisik to the practice squad, per sources. So after cutting Rodrigo Blankenship, Indy adds two guys it knows — McLaughlin was there in 2019, Havrisik in rookie camp — and plan to elevate one for Sunday at Jacksonville.”

 

A Preview On The Colts’ Kicker Competition

The Colts will have a few days to determine a kicker for Week 2 when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McLaughlin suited up for the Cleveland Browns last season, the sixth team he suited up for on the active roster.

The undrafted placekicker from Illinois also played for the Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, the Jaguars, and the New York Jets.

In 2019, he was claimed off waivers by the Colts due to an injury to Adam Vinatieri.

He stayed with the squad for the rest of the 2019 season but was released during the final roster cuts for 2020.

Meanwhile, Havrisik is an undrafted free agent who tried out with the Colts last May.

However, the Colts decided to stick with Blankenship and Jake Verity to determine their kicker.

Havrisik made 85.7 percent of his kicks in 2020 with the Arizona Wildcats.




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