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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tennessee Titans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 30, 2015 - kicker Mike Meyer released

March 13, 2015 -  kicker Ryan Succop re-signed to 3-year deal
"The Titans have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with kicker Ryan Succop, according to sources familiar with the situation. Succop joined the Titans last season after playing previously with the Chiefs. His deal is valued at $2.4 million per year, per sources. He was 19-of-22 on field goals and a perfect 27-of-27 on extra point attempts." - The Tennessean

March 8, 2015 - long snapper Beau Brinkley re-signed to 5-year deal
The Tennessee Titans have signed long snapper Beau Brinkley to a five-year contract. It’s worth $5.75 million, according to a league source. Brinkley was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Brinkley, 25, had a career-high 10 special-teams tackles last season. This will be his fourth year as the Titans’ long snapper." - National Football Post

March 7, 2015 - punter Brett Kern re-signed to 5-year deal
"Kern was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. His deal is worth $15 million. Kern, who just completed his seventh NFL season, has been a valuable weapon for the Titans. In 2014, he punted a career-high 88 times for a gross average of 46.8 yards and a net average of 40.8 yards, which broke his own single-season team record. He owns the top four net punting seasons in franchise history and five of the team's top seven net punting seasons. Kern, who joined the Titans in 2009, ranks as the franchise's all-time career leader in both gross punting average (44.9 yards) and net punting average (40.0)." - The Tennessean 

September 7, 2014 - Ryan Succop kicks former team
"The Titans released longtime kicker Rob Bironas in the offseason, then cut both men competing for the job in training camp (Travis Coons and Maikon Bonani). They signed Succop, late of the Chiefs, just Monday and the new kicker got the job done in his first game with Tennessee. Succop hit both his extra points and hammered field goals of 31, 36, 46 and 47 yards to finish with a 14-point day." -

September 5, 2014 - eye on kicker Ryan Succop
"Now Succop is reunited with Steve Hoffman, who's the Titans assistant special teams coach. The Titans told Succop when he arrived he could determine just how much work he needed this week with snapper Beau Brinkley and holder Brett Kern. Hoffman said it's been smooth. Succop said Hoffman's already spotted something that's helped him. '[Thursday] we were out there working on a little kickoff stuff and he just has that eye to see, he has a slow eye is what a lot of people say,' Succop said. 'He can see things that a lot of people can't see. He was able to kind of see what was going on, say something real quick and after that I started hitting the ball real well'." - ESPN

September 1, 2014 - kicker Ryan Succop signed
"Veteran kicker Ryan Succop has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans who chose to go with experience rather than an undrafted rookie. Agent Joel Turner said Monday that Succop is happy with a "very good opportunity" with the Titans." - AP

August 31, 2014 - kicker Ryan Succop reportedly to sign
"The Titans have a strong interest in former Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop and indications are they could sign him as early as Monday, according to sources familiar with the situation. Succop would replace kicker Travis Coons on the roster. The Titans elected to keep Coons – and release Maikon Bonani – when they trimmed their roster to 53 over the weekend. If a deal is reached, Succop would face his old team in the regular season opener on Sunday in Kansas City. The Chiefs released him on Saturday after five seasons. Titans' officials and Succop's agents could not be reached for comment. Succop hit 22-of-28 field goals and forced 47 touchbacks in 91 kickoffs in 2013 and he is the most accurate field-goal kicker in Chiefs history (119-of-147, 81 percent)." - The Tennessean

August 30, 2014 - kicker Maikon Bonani released, Travis Coons remains
"Bonani entered the offseason as the favorite to replace veteran Rob Bironas, who was released in March. Bonani spent training camp with the Titans last year, and he enjoyed a solid offseason this year. Bonani struggled with his accuracy in training camp, however. He was 3-of-4 on field goals in preseason games, and 3 of-4 on extra points. Travis Coons, an undrafted free agent, remains on the Titans roster. He was 2-of-3 on his field goal attempts and made all three of his extra points." - The Tennessean

August 28, 2014 - final preseason game
"The Titans have alternated Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons throughout the first three preseason games in a kicking competition. In this game, it was all Bonani. He put two kickoffs to the back of the end zone for touchbacks, missed wide left on a 32-yard attempt when the snap was bad but the hold was fast and good, and hit from 29 yards." - ESPN

August 23, 2014 - third preseason game
"Maikon Bonani, who was inconsistent during training camp, connected on both of his field-goal attempts. He hit from 44 yards in the second quarter and from 51 yards in the third – banking the second attempt in off the right upright. Bonani kicked off three times, recording two touchbacks and putting his other one five yards deep in the end zone. 'It's good to see Bonani respond,' Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. 'He's missed a couple, so he makes the competition tougher.' Travis Coons went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts, missing from 63 yards at the end of the half and hitting from 39 in the fourth quarter. The undrafted rookie also kicked off three times, recording one touchback, putting one kick seven yards deep in the end zone and another four yards deep." - The Tennessean

August 15, 2014 - second preseason game
"Undrafted rookie Travis Coons continues to pressure Maikon Bonani in the Titans' kicking competition. Coons nailed a 50-yard field goal in the first half against the Saints on Friday after his 45-yarder was negated because of a penalty. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was impressed. 'Not only was it a 50-yard, but he had already made a 45-yarder,' Whisenhunt said. 'To have to come back and re-kick it and make it speaks a whole lot about what you are looking for in that position.' Coons made all three of his extra point attempts. Bonani was involved on kickoffs, as was Coons." - The Tennessean

August 9, 2014 - first preseason game
"Maikon Bonani misfired on an extra point attempt – from 33 yards – following Shonn Greene's touchdown run in the first quarter. On a rainy night, the snap appeared off target and the hold appeared shaky, but it was a miss nonetheless. Travis Coons made his only extra-point attempt. Bonani converted an extra point after the final touchdown. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wanted to give Bonani another chance after the early miss. 'It was a tough situation,' Whisenhunt said. 'They struggled, we struggled, and it got a little better at the end. But it was tough when he tried to kick that.' Bonani handled the opening kickoff, Coons the second kickoff." - The Tennessean

August 2, 2014 - kicking competition
Maikon Bonani – 3/5 – Makes from 33, 39, 47 – Misses from 43, 42
Travis Coons – 4/5 – Makes from 41, 39, 42, 47 – Miss from 49 - HobNob Nashville

August 1, 2014 - kicking competition
"In the ongoing kicking competition, Travis Coons went 3-for-3 and Maikon Bonani went 2-for-3 on Friday during Titans training camp. Coons connected from 38, 35 and 48 yards. Bonani hit from 46 and 44 yards, but pushed a 37-yard attempt wide to the right. 'I always take the blame for my misses,' Bonani said. 'So let's just say I hit the ground and the ball came off a little funky. I pushed it right.' It was the second time in three practices that Bonani had gone 2-for-3. There's little doubt he has a powerful leg, but it remains to be seen if he's accurate enough to replace Rob Bironas – the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he's more interested to see how the kickers fare in Saturday's practice at LP Field, in Monday's practice with the Atlanta Falcons and in next Saturday's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers." - The Tennessean

June 21, 2014 - kicker Travis Coons passes first test
"Coons did pass at least one test – the Bernard Pollard test – when he took the practice field for the first time last week. 'Bernard Pollard makes it stressful for any kicker that is out here kicking,' Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. 'That's all part of it.' What exactly did Pollard say to Coons, the undrafted free agent from the University of Washington, as he lined up for his initial Titans practice attempts? 'He said something with my last name in a different sort of way,' said a smiling Coons, who didn't want to get any more specific. 'It was creative. I thought it was funny. I kind of laughed a little bit'.... There's also the importance of deep kick-offs, an area in which former kicker Rob Bironas had started to slip the last couple of seasons. 'That's an important piece of it,' Whisenhunt said. 'Field position in this game now, especially when you're kicking off from the 35, has become a big deal. So having a guy that can kick it deep gives you an advantage, and it's something that's important to us." - The Tennessean

June 12, 2014 - kicking competition begins
"Maikon Bonani’s approach is that every kick – even at this time of year – counts. 'As a kicker you want to make every kick you attempt,' he said. 'So my mindset is to never miss, whether I’m warming up, whether it’s a live team rep or whether I’m charting by myself.' The good news for him is that he has taken every kick during organized team activities (OTAs). Until now. The battle to replace Rob Bironas as the Tennessee Titans kicker begins in earnest Thursday, the final day of OTAs, with the arrival of free agent rookie Travis Coons following the completion of his academic year at the University of Washington." - Nashville Post

May 28, 2014 - kicker Maikon Bonani
"Bonani competed for the job last year as an undrafted free agent from South Florida but lost out to Bironas because of accuracy issues. 'That was the perception last year. I came in here with a really strong leg, but I lacked a little bit of accuracy. That is something that I worked on when I left here,' Bonani said Tuesday after the Titans started organized team activities at Saint Thomas Sports Park. 'As many people have seen and many of my coaches say, I have the leg strength to kick it anywhere. It just has to go in. 'My accuracy has improved dramatically, and fortunately my power is the same. I can kick off just as far, if not farther, than last year. When it comes to field goals, I’m way more accurate than I used to be'.... Titans long snapper Beau Brinkley and punter Brett Kern have been together for three seasons and have a 'nice rhythm' going. After five years with Bironas, it will take some time for Kern, who is the holder on field goals and extra points, to see what the new guy prefers. 'It’s just a matter of figuring out what Maikon likes as far as tilt and all that,' Kern said. 'We just keep working on it every day to the point where it is automatic, second nature'.” - The Leaf Chronicle

May 28, 2014 - punter/arm-wrestler Brett Kern keeps jersey number
"Former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst lost an arm wrestling match against Titans' punter Brett Kern on Tuesday for the right to wear the #6 jersey for their team. Whitehurst had worn the #6 jersey for 13 straight years. His new jersey number is #12." - Tigernet

May 19, 2014 - Head coach on the kicking competition
Kickers Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons are currently competing for the job. 'You're always going to look (at options), but you are going to give them an opportunity to compete and if you feel comfortable with them, that's the direction you can go,' Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. 'But I think there will be opportunities potentially for veteran guys, too, if we feel like we need that'.... 'He's been good,' Whisenhunt said of Bonani. 'The one time he kicked in the last minicamp he kicked well. It was a stiff wind and he did well'.... '(Coons) was one of the guys (special teams coach) Nate (Kaczor) and the special teams guys worked out and thought highly of,' Whisenhunt said of Coons. 'He's a young guy with a strong leg and versatile'." - The Tennessean

May 12, 2014 - kicker competition
"As the Titans look to replace Rob Bironas, they'll have last year's camp audition, Maikon Bonani, compete for the spot. It'll be a fight between Bonani and Travis Coons. Special-teams coach Nate Kaczor and assistant special-teams coach Steve Hoffman did extensive film work, and worked out several guys beyond the combine. They liked two or three guys, and Coons was one of them. " - ESPN
Kickology note: Steve Hoffman has a long history, beginning with his many years in Dallas, of selecting and developing less publicized kickers.

May 10, 2014 - kicker Travis Coons signed
"Former University of Washington kicker/punter Travis Coons informed he has signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. The signing comes as no surprise given his private workout with the Titans went well and they were the team keeping in contact with him the most. The San Diego Chargers also expressed interest.... This off-season the Titans released long time kicker Rob Bironas and the team has not solidified the position by any means since his release. Coons comes into the team with an open completion and a strong relationship with the coaching staff. 'It's going to be a really good competition for the job so I'm excited. I talked with coach Nate Kaczor [special teams coach] and coach Steve Hoffman [assistant special teams coach] after I signed and he's pumped to get things going and it's going to be a good competition so be ready to work.' Next week Coons will head out to Tennessee for the Titans mini camp and then return to Washington to finish up school before flying back to Tennessee in June." - Real Dawg

April 9, 2014 - kicker Maikon Bonani a contender
"Maikon Bonani, who was on the roster for training camp last season, is the only kicker on the roster for now. As the Titans began their offseason program on Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said he's not worried – yet. 'I am confident that we’ll have a guy you can depend on. How comfortable am I in that? Until we miss the first kick in practice, then my comfort level will go down a little bit,' Whisenhunt said with a smile. 'But that is a part of this process. I think there will be opportunities, whether they are on this team right now, or at some point, we’ll have somebody we’re comfortable with.'... Bonani, an undrafted free agent who displayed a strong leg in camp last year, will be a contender. In 48 games for South Florida, he was 69-of-91 on field goals (75.8 percent) and 112-of-116 on extra points (96.6)." - DNJ

March 19, 2014 - kicker Rob Bironas released
"Bironas, 36, has 1,032 points, the second-highest total in Oilers/Titans franchise history behind Al Del Greco. He’s currently the fourth-ranked kicker in NFL history in terms of field-goal accuracy, having connected on 239 of 279 attempts (85.7 percent) over his nine years in Tennessee. The release of Bironas, who had one more year remaining on his contract, is a money-saver for the Titans. Bironas was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.875 million in 2014. 'We want to thank Rob for his nine years of service to the Titans,''Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a press release. 'He has been an outstanding kicker and we appreciate him both for his contributions on the field and in our community.' The Titans will likely audition multiple kickers to replace Bironas. One possibility could be Maikon Bonani, who showed a powerful leg — though not great accuracy — in training camp last year." - The Tennessean

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