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Chandler Catanzaro

Chandler Catanzaro (born February 26, 1991) is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Clemson.

Chandler Catanzaro
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Catanzaro with the New York Jets in 2017.
No. 7
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 28)
Augusta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Greenville (SC) Christ Church Episcopal
College:Clemson
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Reserve/left squad[1]
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:128
Field goal attempts:142
Field goal%:83.8
Longest field goal:60
Touchbacks:237
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Catanzaro attended and played high school football at Christ Church Episcopal School.[2] He was considering two colleges: Furman University and Clemson University.[3]

College careerEdit

Catanzaro attended Clemson University from 2009–2013. After a freshman year, in which he only made 14 of 22 field goals, he finished with a field goal percentage of 81.7%, missing only one kick in each of his junior and senior years.[4] Catanzaro is the all-time leading scorer in Clemson history with 404 points.

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Chandler Catanzaro
Year School Conf Class Pos G XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts
2010 Clemson ACC FR K 13 34 34 100.0 14 22 63.6 76
2011 Clemson ACC SO K 14 52 53 98.1 22 27 81.5 118
2012 Clemson ACC JR K 13 57 59 96.6 18 19 94.7 111
2013 Clemson ACC SR K 13 60 61 98.4 13 14 92.9 99
Career Clemson 203 207 98.1 67 82 81.7 404

Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

 
Catanzaro lining up a kick in the 2014 season.

In May 2014, the Arizona Cardinals signed the undrafted Catanzaro to compete along with veterans Jay Feely and Danny Hrapmann.[5] On August 25, 2014, Feely was cut, giving the kicking job to Catanzaro.[6]

Catanzaro made his NFL debut on September 8, 2014, against the San Diego Chargers, kicking two field goals.[7]

On September 14, 2014, Catanzaro kicked four field goals against the New York Giants.[8] He became first Cardinals rookie kicker since Bill Gramatica (December 2, 2001, against the Oakland Raiders) with four field goals in a game.[9]

On September 21, 2014, Catanzaro kicked a season/career-long 51-yard field goal against the San Francisco 49ers, which represents the longest field goal by a rookie in Arizona Cardinals history.[10][11]

On October 26, 2014, he made his 16th consecutive field goal from the start of his career without a miss, setting an NFL rookie record.[12]

On November 9, 2014, he extended the streak to 17, but missed his second attempt.[13] This effort tied Kai Forbath for the record for most consecutive field goals to start a career.[14]

Catanzaro made 29 field goals in the 2014 season, which is the fourth-most in a single season in Arizona Cardinals history, behind Greg Davis (30), Jay Feely (30), and Neil Rackers (40).[15]

At the end of the 2014 season, Catanzaro established a new franchise rookie record with 114 points, shattering the previous mark of 73 set by placekicker Bill Gramatica in 2001. Catanzaro's 114 points ranked as the second-highest total among NFL rookies behind only the Philadelphia EaglesCody Parkey (150).

On October 4, 2015, Catanzaro kicked a career-high five field goals against the St. Louis Rams.[16]

On September 25, 2016, Catanzaro kicked a career-long 60-yard field goal against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. At the time, it was only the 16th field goal of at least 60 yards in the history of the NFL.[17]

On October 23, 2016, Catanzaro missed the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks. The game eventually ended in a 6-6 tie.[18]

New York JetsEdit

On March 10, 2017, Catanzaro signed with the New York Jets.[19]

On September 10, 2017, in the season opening 21–12 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Catanzaro converted a 48-yard field goal and a 52-yard field goal in his Jets debut.[20]

On October 1, 2017, in Week 4, the Jets were playing at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game went into overtime with a score of 20–20. Catanzaro had missed a 45-yard field goal earlier in the game. With only 32 seconds left in overtime, he drilled a 41-yard field goal to win the game.[21]

On October 8, 2017 in Week 5, Catanzaro kicked a 57-yard field goal, the longest in Jets franchise history.[22]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On March 16, 2018, Catanzaro signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[23][24] In the season opener against the New Orleans Saints, he tied his career-high with six extra points converted.[25] On October 21, 2018, in a Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, after having missed an extra point attempt and a 40-yard field goal attempt earlier in the game Catanzaro hit a game winning 59-yard field goal in overtime to end the game 26-23, in the process setting the record for the longest field goal made in overtime in NFL history.[26] On November 12, 2018, Catanzaro was released by the Buccaneers after missing two field goals in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins.[27] He finished his time with the Buccaneers 11-for-15 on field goals and 23-for-27 on extra points in nine games.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On December 7, 2018, Catanzaro signed with the Carolina Panthers following an injury to Graham Gano.[28]

New York Jets (second stint)Edit

On March 15, 2019, Catanzaro signed with the New York Jets.[29] After announcing his retirement on August 11, 2019,[30][31][32][33][34][35] he was placed on the exempt/left squad list on August 11 and then placed on the reserve/left squad list on August 17.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Overall FGs PATs Kickoffs Points
GP Blk Lng FGM FG Att Pct XPM XP Att Pct Blk KO Avg TB Ret Avg
2014 ARI 16 0 51 29 33 87.9 27 27 100.0 0 76 66.6 38 37 26.1 114
2015 ARI 16 0 47 28 31 90.3 53 58 91.4 0 99 65.1 50 49 24.3 137
2016 ARI 16 1 60 21 28 75.0 43 47 91.5 1 83 62.9 52 29 23.1 106
2017 NYJ 16 1 57 25 30 83.3 29 29 100.0 0 71 61.3 45 22 20.7 104
2018 TB 9 0 59 11 15 73.3 23 27 85.2 0 49 63.7 39 10 21.7 56
CAR 4 0 51 5 5 100.0 7 8 87.5 0 16 62.4 13 3 20.7 22
Total 77 2 60 119 142 83.8 182 196 92.9 1 394 63.9 237 150 23.8 539

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ "Chandler Catanzaro sets Jets record with 57-yard field goal vs. Browns". USA Today. October 8, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
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  26. ^ Arcia, Gil (October 22, 2018). "Notes and highlights form the Buccaneers 26-23 win over the Browns in OT". Bucsnation.com.
  27. ^ Smith, Scott (November 12, 2018). "Bucs Waive Chandler Catanzaro". Buccaneers.com.
  28. ^ Hensen, Max (December 7, 2018). "Panthers sign kicker Chandler Catanzaro". Panthers.com.
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