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Report: Browns could carry two kickers

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For the first time since the Browns returned to Cleveland as an expansion franchise in 1999 the team will be looking for a new place kicker.

The candidates include former Houston Texans kicker Shayne Graham and free agent pickup Brandon Bogotay to replace the departed Phil Dawson, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March.

However, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, the Browns may elect to keep both Graham and Bogotay to fulfill the team’s kicking duties this fall.

The two kickers have decidedly different skill-sets. As Hensley notes, Graham has converted 93.4-percent of his attempts from inside 40 yards in his career but has struggled from long-range. Last year with Houston Graham converted just 11 of 18 chances from beyond 40 yards.

Bogotay has the much stronger leg of the pair though he is inexperienced in-game situations as a field goal kicker. He attempted just three field goals during his college career at Georgia while stuck behind Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh on the depth chart. Instead, Bogotay handled kickoff duties at Georgia before being signed by the Browns this offseason.

Graham converted just 28 kickoffs for touchbacks last season in Houston, which ranked 22nd in the league. The Browns could keep Graham for short field goals while Bogotay could be called upon to handle kickoffs and long distance attempts

Head coach Rob Chudzinski said it’s still too early to declare a leader in the battle for the job.

“It’s been close. It’s been back and forth,” Chudzinski said. “Obviously, you get into the preseason and those games and that will be a very important part of the process of the evaluation. But it’s ongoing all the way through.”

It’s a rarity in the league now to carry two kickers now that kickoffs take place from the 35-yard line instead of the 30-yard line. Doing so also comes at the expense of another player at another position on the roster. Bogotay will have to prove that his inexperience isn’t a liability either as he hopes to earn one of the Browns’ 53 roster spots come the end of training camp.

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19 Responses to “Report: Browns could carry two kickers”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2013 12:04 AM

    That’s a horrible idea. You can’t get a benefit unless you actually activate both of them. And to do that takes away a key activation to weaken one entire positional group’s depth. Good luck identifying a large enough benefit to play both of them.

    Pick ONE kicker that can suffice, even if it doesn’t happen to be either of these guys. And then you can trade these guys for something of value after you get somebody new. Or if you can’t get anything for them in trade then wise up to the fact that they aren’t worth anything and start finding that franchise kicker of the future sooner rather than later!!

  2. craigmaitland says: Jul 4, 2013 12:04 AM

    Just the browns being the browns..

  3. icdogg says: Jul 4, 2013 12:07 AM

    That’s a breathtakingly stupid idea.

  4. bennyb82 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:11 AM

    Have they thought about signing one kicker who can do both jobs?

  5. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jul 4, 2013 12:15 AM

    53 is more than you need anyway

  6. letsgolightning says: Jul 4, 2013 12:18 AM

    …Rob Chudzinski said it’s still two early to declare a leader…

    Oh PFT, you’re so punny…

  7. natijim235 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:44 AM

    it takes 2 browns kickers to make a field goal

  8. afcdomination says: Jul 4, 2013 12:55 AM

    with kickoffs moved up, its even more ridiculous to carry 2 kickers on your 53 than ever.

    I wish I could say it was shocking that the browns would consider this….while phil dawson kicks in san fran.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 4, 2013 12:57 AM

    I could see them carrying two punters, so they don’t burn out one guy. But a kicker? They usually only kick the ball once a game.

  10. godofwine330 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:34 AM

    I think they should have kept Dawson, and possibly signed former Pitt kicker Kevin Harper from Mentor (I was in the stands when he kicked a 60 yarder in high school). Experience and length.

    Graham can’t kick outside of 40 yards…why is he even still in the NFL, that is like Ray Allen being unable to hit past 15 feet…how are you even useful?

  11. bleedingorangeandbrown says: Jul 4, 2013 2:01 AM

    Phil Dawson was so solid, we need two kickers to replace him. But here come the franchise ineptitude comments about carrying two kickers.

  12. kenstabler says: Jul 4, 2013 2:12 AM

    Nope, not going to happen. No way. Just to many needs on team.

  13. bifford64 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:11 AM

    So, they weren’t going to pay Dawson but they’ll pay two guys to do the job. Great. Where’s my rebate Flying J?

  14. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:54 AM

    I think I’d rather they take a flier on that QB bust out of LSU whom the Raiders are still agreeing to pay.

  15. coonsqualler says: Jul 4, 2013 8:30 AM

    Inexperience wasn’t a concern with Dawson back in ’99….

    Just Sayin’……Go Brownies!!!

  16. kwjsb says: Jul 4, 2013 9:03 AM

    Now,
    I am not a salary cap genius like Banner, But if you have a guy who can score from 20 yards out in a blizzard or from 53 yards out consistently, and your choices are to pay him fair market or replace him with 2 guys who are an unknown factor and you pick the 2 guys even though you have the cap space……..
    Do you really want to win games this year?

  17. 2thguy says: Jul 4, 2013 10:13 AM

    This must be a smokescreen so they can pick up a street free agent kicker and carry 3 kickers on the team. What a horrible, horrible idea. Maybe they should pick up another holder or long snapper too?

  18. slik1akaguru says: Jul 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    Get rid of one of the best (Phil) kickers and think about carrying 2 …WOW! Why not just sign “Charlie Brown” up for kicker and Lucy to hold – Good Grief!!

  19. oldcracker says: Jul 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    Banner’s genius at work!

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