The Panthers Worked Out 5 Kickers On Monday
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The Carolina Panthers have less than two weeks to find a new kicker.
Zane Gonzalez injured his groin during a sideline warmup in Friday's preseason game,
And Matt Roulette called it a "significant" and "long-term" injury.
This leaves the team without a healthy kicker.
According to NFL Personnel Notices, as seen by Charen Williams of Pro Football Talk
and The Athletics Joe Person, The Panthers worked on the following five kickers on Monday: Taylor Bertolet, Brian Johnson,
Chase McLaughlin, Eddie Pinero and Matthew Wright.
Bertolet has signed with several NFL teams, including two stints with the New York Jets and Denver Broncos,
But he hasn't seen NFL action yet. The former Texas A&M alum played for the USFL's New Orleans Breakers this year.
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And despite the Washington Commanders losing four extra points last season. Washington pardoned him in June.
McLaughlin has played 31 games for six NFL teams.
He scored his longest run at one spot last year, converting 15 of 21 field goals and 36 of 37 extra points for the Cleveland Browns.
In five games with the Jets last year, Pineiro's only omission was a try after a blocking point.
He had previously played all 16 matches for the Chicago Bears in 2019.
Wright was 24 of 21 on the field goal for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, with no misses from within 40 yards.
He provided all of Jacksonville's scoring in a 9–6 upset over the Buffalo Bills, with less than 50 yards (42) being his only career miss.
Carolina will need to sign a replacement before starting the season against Cleveland on September 11.