As ESPN.com put it: "Will the real [Catanzaro] please stand up?" The Jets took a gamble by signing the former Cardinals' kicker. If they get the 2014-2015 Catanzaro, it'll be a brilliant move. He made 89 percent of his field goals in those two seasons, good for eighth in the league. In 2016, he was a different player, converting only 75 percent, tied for second worst. An undrafted free agent, he signed with the Cardinals in 2014 and eventually was able to beat out Jay Feeley for the starting job. Now he'll have to prove himself again, except this time it will be against second-year prospect Ross Martin. Familiarity could help the former Cardinal. While they didn't work directly together, Catanzaro's first season in Arizona was Todd Bowles' last as the Cardinals' DC. A big leg could help, too. Catanzaro's career-long for a field goal is 60 yards, a kick he made this past season against the Bills. Also of interest: He was only an 80 percent kicker at home, but a 90 percent kicker on the road. He was 4 for 4 in MetLife Stadium in 2014 in a September game against the New York Giants. Confirm he wins the competition before drafting.
Chandler Catanzaro 2016 Outlook
As CBSSports.com noted, Catanzaro had a breakout season for the Cardinals in 2015, and with a fantastic offense in Arizona he should once again play at a high level this year. Catanzaro made 28 of 31 field goals and 53 of 58 extra points. His extra points were second in the NFL behind Graham Gano (56) -- but there were issues. While he was eighth in the NFL in field goal accuracy last year at 90.3 percent, Catanzaro was only 27th in extra-point percentage at 91.4 percent. According to the team's official web site, the five misses caught the ire of HC Bruce Arians at one point, although Arians later felt he was too harsh after noticing that other kickers missed their fair share, too. Catanzaro said only a small adjustment is needed to have more success on extra points in 2016. Either way, the opportunities will be there and few other kickers will be playing for as prolific an offense.
Chandler Catanzaro 2015 Outlook
As ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss pointed out, Catanzaro proved that a successful kicker doesn’t have to be drafted. He played as well as the Cardinals could have expected, and building on confidence from his rookie year, Catanzaro is starting to learn how to manage the mental side of being a pro kicker. Meanwhile, you can add him to the category of kickers unlikely to be daunted by the league’s change on PAT distance. As a rookie in 2014, Catanzaro hit all seven of his field-goal attempts from 32 or 33 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He made five from those distances in the first four weeks and one each in Weeks 14 and 16. Catanzaro was perfect up to 33 yards last season, hitting all 12 of his attempts. From 34 yards and longer, he was 17-for-21. In addition, Carson Palmer’s anticipated return to full health should be good news for the offense in general. Catanzaro will benefit from the anticipated improvement.