The Tennessee Titans signed former Patriot Stephen Gostkowski on Wednesday. With the move, the team is moving on from Greg Joseph. Rookie Tucker McCann will remain on the roster for now. Most fans finally believe the kicking issue is over. However, what can Tennessee expect with their new 36-year-old kicker? Is this a can’t lose move?
If you are making a solid case why Gostkowski will be successful in Tennessee, start with the 87% lifetime kicking percentage. If the Titans are kicking under 40 yards, the former Patriot is automatic. On the other hand, kicking beyond 40 yards, Gostkowski is 72% (121/169). Furthermore, since 2018 Gostkowski is just over 50% kicking from 40 plus. At 36, Gostkowski has played 14 seasons with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls.
The concern when it comes to Gostkowski is his health. Last season was cut short for Stephen because of a hip injury. The Titans know all about injuries at the same position since Ryan Succop was hurt most of the year. Succop came back twice in 2019, which eventually cost Butler from returning to the AFC Championship. Keep in mind, the Bears took Santos, and the Bucs took Succop over Gostkowski.
Greg Joseph was the favorite heading into training camp. On August 25th, Joseph went 3-6 at the practice. A week later, the Titans have found a new kicker. The only question for Joseph moving forward is will the team call him back for the practice squad. Keep in mind Tucker McCann is a utility kicker who can kick off and punt. With Covid-19 looming over the NFL season, maybe the Titans keep McCann for practice squad instead, so they have the insurance at multiple positions.
The Gostkowski signing was short-lived, however, since Jadeveon Clowney rumors heated up once again. Once Clowney signs, look for the spotlight to be back on the kicking position heading into the season opener.