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Panthers cut Justin Medlock, sign Graham Gano

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Justin Medlock has missed his last three field goal attempts, which is a big part of the reason why any future tries will take place as a member of a team other than the Panthers.

Carolina made a change at kicker on Tuesday, dropping Medlock and signing former Redskins K Graham Gano. Medlock made all seven of his tries through Week Eight, including a 5-for-5 day in a 23-22 loss to the Bears, but he’s missed a field goal in each of the team’s last three games. Medlock’s miss against Tampa in Week 11 came just before halftime and loomed large when the Buccaneers came back to tie the game at the end of regulation before winning it in overtime.

“You’ve got to make kicks. I’m not here to make excuses. They were good snaps, good holds,” Medlock said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “You miss two kicks in the NFL, you can be unemployed.”

Medlock was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2007, but got cut by them after he went 1-for-2 on field goals in his first game. He spent time with several CFL teams before signing with the Panthers before the season and beating out Olindo Mare this summer.

Gano, who worked out for the Panthers on Tuesday before signing, lost a training camp battle to Billy Cundiff in Washington, didn’t get the call when the Redskins reversed course and cut Cundiff during the season. Gano made 31-of-41 field goals with the Redskins in 2011 and 59-of-80 during his three years with the team. According to Person, Nate Kaeding also worked out for the team Tuesday before they signed Gano.

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13 Responses to “Panthers cut Justin Medlock, sign Graham Gano”
  1. mz1394 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:54 PM

    all i want to know is if hes related to gary gnu

  2. travishole25 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:03 PM

    Kaeding must still be hurting. If he was healthy he would beat Gano in his sleep.

  3. nagidac says: Nov 20, 2012 7:03 PM

    Feel bad for Medlock, he was the best kicker in the CFL by far, but I guess he just can’t cut it in the NFL.

  4. bigpantherfan says: Nov 20, 2012 7:14 PM

    I think all panther fans would like John Kasey back who is a UFA it just goes to show the bone head coaching staff just flushing this season down to toilet

  5. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 20, 2012 7:14 PM

    Panicking much?

  6. wisewoo says: Nov 20, 2012 7:25 PM

    You know it’s bad when, for me, this has probably been the happiest moment of the season.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 20, 2012 7:33 PM

    Last week it was the special teams coordinator, this week it’s the kicker, I think the long snapper and punter should be nervous about being next week’s scapegoat.

  8. mitchem85 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    ACTUALLY, graham gano didn’t compete with cundiff in redskins training camp because cundiff was still with the ravens. graham, instead had a training camp battle with Neil Rackers and even though gano won, as soon as the ravens cut cundiff, the skins cut gano and signed cundiff. thankfully, we have kai forbath now and he’s solid as a rock with a booming leg. gano is good, but inconsistent.

  9. getyourownname says: Nov 20, 2012 10:46 PM

    Cundiff will be signed by someone eventually, maybe when Gano gets cut. There’s only about 35 kickers and they all get gradually recycled for each other. Case in point – Shayne Graham was unemployed for a year, now with Texans.

  10. cubano76 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:16 PM

    Gano will do just fine. But I would have stuck with MedlockThe life of an NFL kicker is crazy. Imagine a QB or WR getting cut for throwing three picks or dropping three passes. WOW.

  11. bigjd says: Nov 21, 2012 6:11 AM

    I’m sure Gano will go on to be a great kicker since he was cut by the Redskins. It seems every kicker the Redskins cut that signs with another team suddenly learns how to kick again.

  12. slammincamnewton says: Nov 21, 2012 11:43 AM

    Our punter actually does have the worst average in football, and how many punts have been blocked this year? I would place all best on a punt or two being blocked this week.

  13. jwreck says: Nov 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    Judging by the post-Washington careers of Shaun Suisham and Nick Novak, this is a a dynamite pickup for Carolina. There must be something in the DC area drinking water that cuts off circulation to the legs, because no matter how many 15 yard, game-winning chip shots a guy misses in DC, as soon as he gets the boot from the Redskins, he becomes a franchise kicker somewhere else.

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