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Friday, June 20, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


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 azcardinals.com. '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 tv2.no (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

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