Cut time is oh so close. Since I know JJ 2.0 reads this board, I thought I’d put in my two cents…
According to O.C.C.’s article on kickers, drafted kickers have an extraordinarily high bust rate. Of the 23 drafted since 2000, only 14 stuck with any team long enough to attempt at least 20 kicks. As O.C.C. states, that is at a position where teams have the chance to draft the cream of the college crop due to low demand. Buehler’s 75% connection rate in his first year of kicking is about average for kickers drafted in the last ten years.
Buehler’s problems have been from mid-range. According to the science of kinesiology and muscle memory, this may clear itself up now that he does not have to drill every KO an extra five yards. Also, as Ironman stated, he may have been fatigued at the end of last year due to all the extra training with the good Mr. Boniol.
Several people have mentioned that with Rob’s D working itself out, our opponents consistently starting at the twenty would be beneficial. Buehler’s kicks also have hang time, which I have not seen from his competition, so if they do run it out from four yards deep, our coverage team will ALMOST ALWAYS have a realistic chance to stop them short of the twenty.
Here’s my biggest thought. Per the logic of Pygmalion effect, Garrett has beat the crap out of Buehler’s confidence. Over the last two seasons, Garrett has executed his game plan under the assumption that Buehler would miss his kicks. They then bring in four other kickers, who have reeked, as competition.
We have Forbath on PUP, so he will be eligible week 7 or 8. What happens if we save the extra roster spot and only keep Buehler, giving him the opportunity to kick himself into a rhythm? The kid has upside, and he is a FOOTBALL PLAYER! I do not want to see us give up on him in search of a quick fix the way we gave up on Folk (who won the Jets-Colts playoff game as time expired last year).