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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Howard Bison Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 18, 2014 - punter John Fleck leads MEAC
"The standout performer on special teams is punter John Fleck, who ranks first in the MEAC, averaging 41.6 yards per punt. Fleck has done a great job of flipping field position in favor of the Bison." - The Hilltop

October 3, 2014 - punter/kicker John Fleck a game changer
"The Bison (1-4, 0-2 MEAC) are coming off a tough, 38-22 home loss to North Carolina A&T.... equally important in the game was the play of punter/placekicker John Fleck, who had perhaps the best day of his career.  The junior from Indianapolis, IN, averaged a career best 47 yards on nine punts, helping the Bison defense in the process.  His high, booming punts changed field position and NC A&T return men had problems, twice muffing his punts.  He was also a factor with his kickoffs.  The Aggies came into the game ranking among the nation's leaders but were limited to 25 yards per return. 'John has become a weapon for us,' said Howard head coach Gary 'Flea' Harrell. 'He has been a game changer.  His success is due to a combination of his maturity, the coaching he is getting from the kicking coach Mike Andrews and the weight training he is getting from our strength and conditioning coach, Nick Latham.' Fleck currently leads the MEAC in punting and has seven punts of more yards or more this season." - Bison

Valparaiso Crusaders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 11, 2014 -kicker Jacob Newman in win over Missouri Baptist
"Special teams play was also a highlight for the Crusaders on the day, including a record-tying performance from kicker Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg).  Newman was perfect on all seven of his PAT attempts, the fifth time in program history a kicker has hit seven PATs in one game and the first time since 2006.  Newman also matched his career long by connecting on a 38-yard field goal as well." - Crusaders

August 11, 2014 - summer specialists
"Special teams is the one area that has been most difficult for Cecchini to evaluate. Construction of the aforementioned running track around Brown Field has prohibited the team access to the field - and with it the goalposts. Valparaiso High School and Eastgate Field have served as a timeshare for team practices. High school goalposts are wider than college football's so the Valpo High field doesn't provide the proper litmus test for field goal kickers. No uprights currently reside at Eastgate Field. Nevertheless, sophomore Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) serves as the incumbent place kicker. As a freshman in 2013, Newman converted four of five field goal attempts, notching a long of 38 yards. Cecchini foresees freshman Jake Simpson (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) giving Newman plenty of competition at the kicker post. Redshirt sophomore Alex Kozlowski (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) did an admirable job of replacing the departed Greg Wood, a three-time All-PFL punter for the Crusaders from 2009-2012. Kozlowski pinned opponents inside their own 20 on twelve different occasions, netting an average of over 38 yards per punt." - Crusaders

Fort Valley State Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 21, 2014 - kicker/punter Juan Serna earns weekly SIAC honors
"Freshman kicker/punter Juan Serna for the Wildcats was named SIAC Specialist of the Week for week seven. Serna had an impressive performance last week in the victory over Limestone College 24-19. It is the second honor of the season for Serna and the fifth honor for the Wildcats football team. Serna, a native of Douglasville, GA (Douglas County) had another great outing as he drilled a 49-yard field goal in FVSU's 24-19 win over Limestone College. He had four punts for 147-yards and a 36.8 average, while adding five kickoffs for 265 yards and a 53-yard average." - Wildcats

September 27, 2014 - Juan Serna kicks game winner over Benedict
"Juan Serna’s 40-yard field goal as time expired lifted Fort Valley State to a 33-30 SIAC win over Benedict on Saturday. The visiting Wildcats (3-1, 2-0 SIAC) needed 90 seconds to march 54 yards and get into field goal range after Benedict tied the score with 1:32 remaining. The key play was a 25-yard run by quarterback Otis Brown to the Benedict 23-yard line with 2.4 seconds left." - The Telegraph

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UW–Whitewater Warhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 21, 2014 - kicker/punter Lake Bachar earns weekly WIAC honors
"Lake Bachar (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North) - SO - Kicker/Punter Bachar sent five of his nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and averaged 53.3 yards per punt Saturday to help UW-Whitewater defeat host UW-Eau Claire 52-3. Bachar pinned the Blugolds inside their own 20-yard line on two of his three punts, and hit a season-long 67-yard punt that was downed at the UW-Eau Claire 6-yard line midway through the first quarter." - Warhawks

August 29, 2014 - replacing Eric Kindler
"With the departure of All-American kicker/punter Eric Kindler (Germantown/Germantown), the Warhawks look to fill a void in the kicking game in 2014. Sophomore Lake Bachar (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North) handled a majority of the kickoffs a season ago. He posted 28 touchbacks on 81 kickoffs and averaged 59.5 yards per kick." - Warhawks

Northern Illinois Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 21, 2014 - punter/kicker Tyler Wedel
"NIU punter/kicker Tyler Wedel had a half-day of work so to speak in the Huskies' 51-41 win over Miami as the senior from McFarland, Wis. did not attempt a single punt. The dual-use kicker was only needed for field goals and extra points. He was 1-of-2 on field goal attempts, including a 28-yard kick, and was 6-of-7 on extra point attempts. The last time the Huskies went a game without punting was Oct. 15, 2011 in a 51-22 victory over Western Michigan." - Huskies

September 23, 2014 - Josh Orne handles kickoffs
"Sophomore Josh Orne has been handling kickoffs the past two weeks, taking duties away from Tyler Wedel, who is the team's punter and field goal kicker. Wedel struggled early on but has not missed a field goal the last two games. Carey said the trade-off has been good. 'Orne, what he brings to us is a good leg. He's probably not as strong as Wedel but what that allows Wedel to do is he can just hit wedges all day instead of hitting drivers. So, it's a good thing for him to hit wedges'." - Huskie Wire

August 11, 2014 - summer specialists
"Any discussion of the Huskies’ 2014 specialists starts with senior Tyler Wedel (McFarland, Wis./McFarland HS). A year ago, Wedel added punting to the kickoff duties he had handled for the last three seasons and averaged 40.3 yards on 50 punts. He also stepped in when starter Mathew Sims was out with an injury and made three-of-five field goal attempts and all eight of his PATs versus Akron and Central Michigan. 'Mat Sims did a phenomenal job while he was here,' Wedel said. 'I got to learn under him which was awesome. Right now, I am doing field goals, punting and kickoffs and I like [doing all three]. A lot of people think it’s difficult, but I like the challenge and I’m excited to do it this year'.... In addition to Wedel, there are four other punters and kickers in camp competing for the jobs at punter or kicker. At kicker, sophomore Josh Orne (Wales, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) and true freshmen Andrew Stark (Palatine, Ill./Fremd HS) and Christian Hagan (Omaha, Neb./Westside HS) are challenging Wedel, while freshman Peter Deppe (Almont, Mich./Almont HS) is the second punter.... While Wedel has proven capable of handling all three roles at the same time and is ahead at both positions right now, Carey said he would like to another player step up to lighten the senior’s load.... Snapper Brian Mayer (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg HS) and his back-up, Bobby Ramlett (Appleton, Wis./Xavier HS) return, while Orne and receiver Chad Beebe (Aurora, Ill/Aurora Christian HS) are currently working as the holders." - NIU Today

April 16, 2014 - Huskie Bowl kicking plan
"Head football coach Rod Carey discussed the Huskies' spring practices and broke down this weekend's Huskie Bowl activities.... 'Field goal competition. We're going to take our two kickers and have them kick. It's kind of a make it take it. We're going start with an extra point, go to the seven-yard line, go to the 15 and then the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40. If they keep making them, they keep kicking. If they miss they're done. So we divide them up. Tyler Wedel is with the Cardinal Team and Josh Orne is with the Black Team. They're going to get points for that. A field goal is three points. If it goes through they're going to get that'." - NIU Huskies

March 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Tyler Wedel
Could Tyler Wedel be a do-everything special teams kicker? Wedel has spent the past three seasons handling kickoffs for Northern Illinois. Last year, the senior put punting duties on his resume. In 2014, Wedel hopes to pull the trifecta, adding field goal kicking to his responsibilities, with Mathew Sims’ career now over. Wedel said he had all of last year to get his punting mechanics down, so this spring he’s been focusing more on field goals. Wedel said he tries to kick between 20 and 30 per practice. 'I’ve gotten a lot better. I was recruited here as a punter and a kicker, they recruited me to do both,' said Wedel, who was his team’s kicker and punter at McFarland High School in Wisconsin. 'I’m getting back to that form, I’m obviously a little more comfortable. Just have to work on staying focused and getting used to it'.” - Daily Chronicle

RPI Engineers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 21, 2014 - kicker/punter Andrew Franks earns weekly Liberty honors again
"For the fifth time this season, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Andrew Franks has been chosen as the Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week in football. The kicker/punter from Carmel, Calif., was also honored on September 8, September 22, September 29 and October 6. This past Saturday, Franks made 2 of 2 field goals and set the school record for career field goals with 33 in a 34-20 loss at the University of Rochester. He also had three touchbacks on five kickoffs and punted for an average of 35.0 yards on six attempts. He made field goals of 25, setting the school record, and 29 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. When kicking off, he averaged 63.0 yards per attempt with three touchbacks. As a punter Franks had a long of 42 yards with two kicks that landed inside the 20-yard line and no touchbacks. Through seven games this year, the Carmel High School graduate has made 12 of 16 field goal attempts, including from a school record 51 yards. He has multiple field goals in four games and is currently in second in school history for field goals in a season. Matt Verenini set the mark of 18 in 2003. Franks is 23 of 24 on point-after-touchdowns. While kicking off he has 29 touchbacks on 41 attempts, including six in one game and five in two other contests. As a punter, he is averaging 39.40 yards per kick, totaling 1,261 yards on 32 attempts. Franks has eight that have landed inside the 20 yard line with a long of 60 yards." - Engineers

August 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Andrew Franks
A native of Carmel, Calif., Franks hopes to make an impression not only on the Liberty League, but in the eyes of pro scouts. 'As a kicker, we're all stats-based,' Franks said during RPI media day Monday, 'so if I can get every kick in, every kickoff a touchback, that's a perfect season for me.' Franks, a Division III first-team All-American last year, isn't living in a dream world. He needs to look no further than Steven Hauschka, who played for three seasons at Division III Middlebury, for inspiration.'Seeing what he did with the Seahawks last season shows that it doesn't really matter what division you're from, if you have the skills and the capability,' Franks said.... The weather here isn't quite California-like, but in Franks' mind that has been beneficial. Franks, who also punts for the Engineers, has stayed in the area the past couple of summers to work out. 'I'll kick out here in the snow, rain, sleet,' said Franks, who used to drive five hours when he was in California to go snowboarding. 'You can't get that kind of experience anywhere else'." - Times Union

Arizona Cardinals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 21, 2014 - kicker Chandler Catanzaro ties record
"Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he had confidence in kicker Chandler Catanzaro when he chose him over veteran Jay Feely back in August. But the rookie has surpassed his expectations. Catanzaro tied the NFL rookie record for the longest streak to start a season by making his 15th straight kick in Sunday's win against the Oakland Raiders. His 56 points for the season are the second-highest in the NFL. 'You never expect anybody to come out and kick 15 in a row,' Arians said Monday. 'This was a big one for me.' With 33 seconds left Sunday, Catanzaro put the game out of reach by hitting from 41 yards. The 24-13 win lifted the Cardinals to 5-1, their best start since 1976. Catanzaro's next field goal without a miss would break the rookie record set in 2012 by St. Louis's Greg Zuerlein." - News & Observer
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October 15, 2014 - kicker Chandler Catanzaro named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
"Chandler Catanzaro continued the impressive start to his NFL career in Sunday’s 30-20 win over the Redskins, making all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards to earn the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. The Cardinals’ rookie kicker has now converted all 14 of his tries to begin the year, just one away from tying the NFL rookie record of 15 set by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein in 2012.... The undrafted free agent out of Clemson has 50 points on the year, second in the NFL among rookies behind Eagles kicker Cody Parkey (57). Catanzaro has made the second-most field goals in the league, trailing only Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (16)." - Cardinals

October 7, 2014 - punter Dave Zastudil placed on injured reserve
"Amongst the moves the Arizona Cardinals made on Tuesday was they placed punter Dave Zastudil on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.  In his place the Cards elevated punter Drew Butler off of the practice squad. " - Raising Zona

October 6, 2014 - punter Dave Zastudil aggravates injury
"Zastudil played for the first time Sunday, booting 11 times for a 44.3 average. But it came at a price. He reinjured the groin muscle in his left (kicking) leg, and his status for the Washington game is in doubt. 'I’m just extremely frustrated,' Zastudil said. 'I told them how bad I wanted to play, the game comes, you have adrenaline, go full out and sometimes (the injury) is just not ready for that.' The Cardinals still have punter Drew Butler, who kicked in the Cards’ first three games, on the practice squad if needed." - Cardinals 

September 25, 2014 - kicker Chandler Catanzaro off to strong start
"The rookie has connected on all nine of his field goal attempts, which is a number that is tied for the NFL lead with Buffalo's Dan Carpenter. He is also 3-for-3 on extra points, and has consistently placed his kickoffs deep into the end zone. 'That's my job, and I'm just doing my job to the best of my ability and trying to help my team win games,' Catanzaro said. 'That's all I'm here for, and luckily we've won three in a row and hopefully will keep it rolling in Denver next week.' That's the idea. However, until then, Catanzaro will spend his first bye week as an NFL player back home in South Carolina, spending time with his family and taking a breath after all that's gone on for him over the last few months. 'It's definitely time to relax, but not relax, really,' he said. 'It's almost like a reloading week. Got to keep my legs feeling fresh. I'm going to kick back at home a little bit just to stay fresh and get ready to go to Denver and play well next week'." - Arizona Sports 

September 25, 2014 - punter Drew Butler added to practice squad
"The Arizona Cardinals have brought back punter Drew Butler to the team once again. After being released from the 53-man roster on Wednesday to make room for nose tackle Bruce Gaston, the team signed Butler to their 10-man practice squad." - Revenge of the Birds

September 23, 2014 - punter Drew Butler re-released
In order to make room, the Cards cut punter Drew Butler. Butler had the punting duties the first three weeks of the season in place of punter Dave Zastudil.  Zasty has been nursing a groin injury since before week one.  Butler and Zasty were active for week one but Zasty was only active to place hold kicks. Butler was cut during week two preparation but re-signed before the week two game against the New York Giants.  He had one punt for 49 yards this past Sunday in the 23-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. There has been no word on Zasty’s status officially but as of right now it appears the Cards are going to hope it is better enough to punt in Denver in two weeks on October 5th against the Broncos." - Raising Zona

September 19, 2014 - punter Drew Butler re-signed
"The Cardinals went ahead and re-signed Drew Butler, who the team has had punt through the first two weeks, while Dave Zastudil continues to suffer a groin injury. Butler was released earlier this week as it appeared Zastudil would be able to punt, but after sitting out of practice on Thursday, the team needed their safety net once again." - Revenge of the Birds

September 16, 2014 - punter Drew Butler released
"Butler was signed the day of the team's Monday night opener against the Chargers. In two games with the Cardinals, he punted eight times, averaging 47.8 yards per kick. He had a long of 61 yards but also had two punts blocked." - Arizona Sports

September 14, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro hits four field goals over Giants
Chandler Catanzaro made four field goals (49, 37, 32 & 33 yards) in the Cardinals 25-14 win over the New York Giants. 

September 8, 2014 - two punters
"Bruce Arians had two punters active on Monday. Drew Butler was signed Monday morning, and was in charge of punting the ball, while Dave Zastudil was the teams holder on field goal attempts. Butler is likely gone sometime this week if Zastudil is able to return." - Sports-Kings

August 25, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely released, Chandler Catanzaro wins job
The Arizona Cardinals have released veteran kicker Jay Feely. Feely had been in a competition with rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro out of Clemson. Feely thanked the Cardinals on Twitter, 'It's been an honor to play for the @AZCardinals Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!' " - AZ Central

August 24, 2014 - third preseason game
"Jay Feely and Chandler Catanzaro were both effective on kickoffs. Feely kicked one eight yards deep and the other nine yards deep. Catanzaro kicked one nine yards deep and one out of the end zone. Catanzaro made his only field goal attempt from 23 yards while Feely was 1 of 2, missing wide right from 48 yards and making a 24-yarder. It's hard to see anything Catanzaro has done wrong at this point in a job competition he is believed to be leading." - Fox Sports

August 21, 2014 - kicking competition
"This weekend, against the Cincinnati Bengals, they both will kick. According to Bruce Arians, Jay Feely will kick in the first half with the starters and Chandler Catanzaro will go the second half. Catanzaro had a perfect night against Houston kicking inside. He didn't miss a kick and his kickoffs all went well into or out of the end zone. Against Minnesota, Feely only had extra points and did do better with kickoffs, but the coverage team was bad and there were a couple of offsides penalties on the kickoff team, which is likely due, at least in part, to the longer approach Feely is taking to kick the ball off. All indications are that the competition between the two kickers is still close. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss noted Feely was 5/5 on field goals and Catanzaro was 2/5 in the kicking period on Wednesday." - Revenge of the Birds

August 16, 2014 - kicking competition
"Through the Cardinals' fist two preseason games, 13-year NFL kicker Jay Feely looks to be losing the competition to rookie challenger Chandler Catanzaro. Feely didn't get any opportunities to kick field goals on Saturday, but one of his three extra-long preseason extra-point attempts went in off an upright, and most of his kickoffs landed short of the end zone. Last week against the Texans, Catanzaro was perfect on all three of his field-goal and extra-point attempts, and his kickoffs went farther and were unreturnable. That's why the 23-year-old seems to have a - ahem - leg up on the 38-year-old Feely at the moment." - ABC15

August 12, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely adjusts kickoffs
"But Jay Feely is 38; Chandler Catanzaro is 23. You know the NFL's belief about young, fresh legs? Well, it is most noticeable when each player kicks off. Catanzaro was regularly booming his kickoffs deep into the end zone in Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans. Feely hasn't shown that kind of leg. The Cardinals ranked 27th last season in touchback percentage at 37.93 percent despite a rule change that moved kickoffs up five yards to the 35-yard line before the 2012 season. 'It wasn't as big a concern (at the start of the season),' coach Bruce Arians said. 'It got there later in the year.' Feely wasn't ready to acknowledge that criticism of his game last season, but he addressed it in the offseason. When Feely kicks off on Saturday in Minnesota, he will debut a new approach that mimics former Lions kicker Jason Hanson's approach. 'It's added some depth to the kicks,' Feely said. 'You have to do that as you get older; you have to adjust and change things to help yourself get better. Your body's not going to respond the same way as you get older, so you have to compensate.' Put simply, Feely will begin his run into the kickoff farther back. 'You take longer steps. You go back farther from the ball," he said. "It's about carrying through the ball with more momentum'.... '(Jay)'s always kicked off adequately, but when someone is there that is kicking off better and all the field goals are the same, you're going to take the guy who can kick off better,' Arians said. The odd thing here is that Catanzaro didn't even handle kickoff duties at Clemson. That duty fell to punter Bradley Pinion. 'Coach (Dabo Swinney) told me to focus on field goals, but kicking off was something I could always do,' said Catanzaro, who finished his college career second in the ACC and first at Clemson for career points. 'After the Orange Bowl, people were talking about how I couldn't kick off, and it kind of gave me a competitive edge. I took that, and it made me more hungry.' Arians has noticed." - Fox Sports

August 9, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro handles kicking in preseason opener
"Catanzaro was given all the kicking duties on Saturday. He made the most of it. He hit three extra points from 33 yards (as is the case in the first two weeks of the preseason to test it out). He three field goals from 32, 28 and 25 yards. Every single one of his kickoffs went into the end zone and two went out the back. Houston started three of their drives inside their own 15-yard line. Arians said he 'really kicked the ball well, especially on his kickoffs. He was perfect and I liked his demeanor,' he said." - Revenge of the Birds

August 4, 2014 - punter discusses kicking competition 
So far in camp, the battle appears to be fairly even. Both outlasted Danny Hrapmann, the third kicker who came into camp but was released Friday. Chandler Catanzaro and Jay Feely have seemingly alternated who kicks which day, and while each has had his share of misses, both have, for the most part, been splitting the uprights with regularity. 'Everybody's got a little different style,' Cardinals punter and holder Dave Zastudil said. 'Jay's been in this league a long time and I've been with him a long time, so him and I got our rhythm kind of down. Chandler's trying to probably adjust to the speed of the game: It's a little different in college than the NFL. But he's coming along. Both guys are making good contact with the ball, and they're both really great to work with'." - Arizona Sports 

August 1, 2014 - kicker Danny Hrapmann released
"As for the kicking competition, it means that the job comes down to the veteran Jay Feely or the undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro." - Revenge of the Birds

June 19, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro kicks in the desert
"Catanzaro will return home to host the Palmetto State Special Teams Camp with former South Carolina specialist Spencer Lanning on July 12 at Christ Church Episcopal School. Catanzaro will report for training camp two weeks later, aiming to make his first job out of college much more than a summer internship. 'It’s all football, which is kind of nice,' Catanzaro said. 'My job is kicking it through the uprights and kicking it out of the back of the end zone on kickoffs. I’m able to focus solely on that now. I’ve just gotten more comfortable and more confident as the weeks have gone on.' He even has learned to appreciate the dry heat. 'The ball flies off my foot out here,' he said with a laugh. 'It was a little hot for me at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. My dad’s a dermatologist, so he’d be proud that I’m putting on all my sunscreen every day. I haven’t been burned yet'.” - Greenville Online

June 5, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro ends final OTA
sensing his team needed a break and the rookie needed a challenge, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gathered his players around him about an hour into practice on Thursday. If Catanzaro made what appeared to be about a 40-yard attempt, practice was over. The rookie from Clemson came through and teammates celebrated. 'It wasn't even planned,' Arians said. 'We've been having outstanding participation, outstanding effort and it started out a great practice today. Chandler's struggled…and I just said, 'all right, we're going to find out if this kid has got anything.' There's no more pressure than peer pressure and he knocked it down the pipe. That told me a lot about him'." - AZ Central

June 3, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely ready to compete
The Red Birds signed Danny Hrapmann in January and undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro earlier this month to compete with Feely. Feely is ready for the challenge. Let the battle begin. "I still feel like I’m one of the best kickers in the NFL, and I’ve felt that way over the last five years,” stated Feely via 'I feel like over the last five years I’ve kicked better than I ever have in my whole career. Until nobody wants me, and until I’m not one of the best guys and don’t perform, that’s when I’ll be done. But I still think I’ve got a lot left in me'.... There is no doubt that Feely is facing very solid competition. He's faced this scenario before so he has a very realistic point of view as the battle continues. 'Whoever is best, that’s who is going to win the job,' Feely said. 'I can’t worry about what they’re doing or how they’re kicking. I just have to focus on myself and try to be the best I can be to help this team any way that I can'.” - Sports Media 101

May 21, 2014 - kicker competition
"Incumbent Jay Feely is joined by undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro out of Clemson and Danny Hrapmann, who has had a couple of cups of coffee with the Steelers. Hrapmann has a big leg even though he’s the smallest of the three. You can see that. Cantanzaro had a solid college career, but because Clemson had a punter (Bradley Pinion) who could kick off, he hasn’t done a lot of it. Neither have the résumé of Feely, who has had a very good 14-year career and nailed 30 of 36 field goals last season. Bruce Arians hasn’t hidden his desire to create competition at kicker since last training camp (Feely responded well then)." - Cardinals

May 10, 2014 - kicker Chandler Catanzaro signed
Following the draft, the cardinals signed undrafted free agent kicker Chandler Catanzaro (Clemson). See his profile here.

March 10, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely re-signed
"Kicker Jay Feely announced via twitter on Monday that he had re-signed with the team. Later in the day, he said it was a one-year deal.... Feely and his agent discussed contract issues with Cardinals a few weeks ago, and both sides agreed to make a decision before free agency started. Feely said there was a possibility he could have received more guaranteed money elsewhere, but stayed in Arizona because he's happy with the team and his family enjoys living here. Feely has kicked for the Cardinals the last four seasons and made 30 of 36 field goals in 2013. He is expected to face competition for his job. At least initially, that will come from Danny Hrapmann, who signed in January. Hrapmann was released by the Steelers in 2012 and 2013 and has never kicked in a regular-season game." - azcentral

January 29, 2014 - kicker Danny Hrapmann signed to futures contract
"Hrapmann, 24, spent 2013 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in one preseason game, connecting on his only extra point attempt and forcing touchbacks on both of his kickoffs. A 5-foot-9 player out of Southern Mississippi, Hrapmann is known for having a strong leg and converted 49-of-65 field goal attempts in college while missing just one of his 117 extra point attempts. He was a first-team All America selection as a junior in 2010 and a Lou Groza Award finalist." - Arizona Sports

January 21, 2014 - punter Dave Zastudil re-signed
"Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil, due to be a free agent in March, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Zastudil, a 12-year veteran, is coming off two excellent seasons for the Cardinals. In 2013, he averaged 45.7 yards per kick and tied for the NFL lead with 35 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. 'It’s been a great second home for me, and I just really wanted to come back and play there,' Zastudil said. Zastudil, 35, was one of 16 Cardinals due to be unrestricted free agents this spring and will be the first to re-sign with the team." - AZCentral Sports

January 21, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely wants to stay
With Feely entering free agency this offseason, some may have a feeling that the 13-year NFL vet may not be asked to return. But don't count Feely among that group. 'We've talked … They want me back, I want to be back, so hopefully we can get that done,' Feely said as a guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. 'I think any time you have a bad game the last game, it's the lasting thought. It's natural for that to linger. It lingers to me every day. There hasn't been a day this offseason I haven't thought about it and there won't be a day I don't think about it. It drives you. They'll look at the entire season, compare it to the rest of the NFL and make their decision. I don't want to go anywhere'."- ArizonaSports

January 15, 2014 - Cardinals work out kicker Håvard Rugland
"So comes news, via a Norwegian site that the Cardinals will be trying out Havard Rugland — better known to the NFL world as 'Kickalicious' after he posted his kicking exploits on youtube and later found his way on to the Detroit Lions roster for the 2013 preseason. He didn’t make the team, but now, the Cards apparently will give him a looksee. 'Jay Feely had a good season, and it’s not really good to know what Arizona thinks,' Rugland told (which I then used Google Translate to, you know, translate). 'I speculate not so much in it. They have not really said much to me what they want, I guess first and foremost, they pick me over to map and to find out what I’m good for'.” - Arizona Cardinals