Cairo Santos

Cairo Santos

Place Kicker #5
Team: Tennessee Titans
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 164 lb.
College:Tulane
Age:28
Born:November 12, 1991
Drafted:2014 / UDFA

Cairo Santos: Let go by Tennessee

The Titans released Santos on Monday.

Analysis: Santos missed all four of his field-goal tries during Sunday's loss to the Bills, and the disastrous day ultimately cost the veteran his roster spot. With Ryan Succop (knee) not eligible to return until Week 8, expect the Titans to sign an interim kicker in the near future.

October 7, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Costly misses

Santos missed all four of his field-goal attempts in Week 5 against Buffalo. He did convert his lone extra-point attempt.

Analysis: Santos had a disastrous day and cost the Titans a chance at victory. Two of his kicks came from 50 and 53 yards, making them a bit more excusable. On the other hand, he also missed a 36-yard attempt and had another 33-yard effort blocked. Overall, it was a disastrous day for Santos, who may now be on the hot seat while filling in for the injured Ryan Succop (knee).

October 7, 2019 12:04 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Hits 45-yard attempt

Santos made his lone field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 4 against Atlanta.

Analysis: Santos connected on a 45-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter to put the Titans up 17-7. He's now 3-for-4 on attempts from 40 or more yards away and also remains perfect on extra-point tries. While he missed a costly kick in Week 2 against the Colts, Santos has otherwise performed admirably in Ryan Succop's (knee) absence.

September 29, 2019 4:04 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Logs one point

Santos made his lone extra-point try but did not attempt a field goal in Week 3's 20-7 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Santos has converted 11 of 12 kicks for the Titans through three games, but has seen his point total decline each week. He'll hope the offense can give him more scoring opportunities against the Falcons this Sunday.

September 24, 2019 4:36 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Misses first field goal

Santos made of one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in Week 2 against Indianapolis.

Analysis: While Santos made the majority of his kicks on the day, his missed field goal was very costly. With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he was called upon to convert a 45-yard field goal to put the Titans up seven, however, he pushed the kick wide left -- ultimately allowing Indianapolis to take the lead late in the game. Nevertheless, he's made three of his four field-goal attempts for the season and is perfect in converting seven extra points.

September 15, 2019 9:29 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Fills in capably

Santos was perfect in his team debut, connecting on two field-goal attempts as well as all five of his extra-point attempts.

Analysis: Santos made his team-debut after Ryan Succop (knee) was forced to injured reserve late in the preseason. He quickly made a good impression, drilling field goals from 37 and 53-yards out while the game was still competitive. Given the performance, he should continue to serve as the team's kicker in Week 2 against the Colts.

September 8, 2019 9:51 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Replacing injured Succop

Santos is signing with the Titans to replace Ryan Succop (knee), who will be placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Santos didn't take long to bounce back after he lost a preseason kicking battle to Matt Gay in Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old now takes over in Tennessee, where Succop averaged just 26.8 field-goal attempts and 32.5 PATs over the past five seasons, despite playing 16 games each year. Apart from 2016, the Titans offense has been league-average or worse for the past decade.

September 4, 2019 7:16 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Cut by Tampa Bay

Santos was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Santos lost the kicking battle to Matt Gay in Tampa bay. Santos has bounced around the past few seasons, kicking for four teams the past two seasons. He's 18-for-23 on field goals and 36-for-37 on extra point attempts over that span. He may get a look from teams that have kicking troubles or injuries to the position during the year.

September 1, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Single kick attempt in finale

Santos converted his only kick attempt, an extra-point try, in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Analysis: Santos once again missed out on showing what he could do on a long field-goal attempt, closing out his competition with rookie Matt Gay with a whimper by only having a chance to try a 23-yard field goal and Thursday's extra-point try over the last two exhibitions. Gay seems like a virtual lock for a roster spot following his excellent summer, although Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports that at one point it was believed the Buccaneers might opt to keep both Santos and Gay on the initial 53-man roster. Meanwhile, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Gay getting the call for Thursday's 53-yard attempt, which he converted, was actually an error, however. ""I really wanted Cairo to get that kick. I was really (ticked) because he was supposed to get that kick because he got 55-(yards) in pre-game. I wanted him to get his shot at the long one and we kind of messed that up on the sideline".

August 30, 2019 8:21 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Makes most of opportunities

Santos drilled a 23-yard field goal, his only kick attempt, in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.

Analysis: Santos was solely limited to a 23-yard field goal try for the second straight exhibition, and as he did versus the Dolphins in the second preseason game, he was successful on the kick. The veteran did see Matt Gay make a game-winning attempt for the second consecutive week as well, and the rookie appears to have a slight edge in their heated job battle based on the opportunities he's been afforded. Santos will presumably have one more chance to make his case in next Thursday's exhibition finale against the Cowboys, a game in which he'll likely take the first 40-yard-plus attempt, which he was slated to do Friday had a try of that distance materialized.

August 24, 2019 6:53 AM EST

Cairo Santos: To get first long attempt Friday

Santos, who's seen rookie Matt Gay take the first two 40-yard-plus field-goal attempts of preseason, will get the first long attempt in Friday's preseason game against the Browns, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Santos is in a curious position this preseason, as he's done nothing to lose his inherent advantage as the incumbent kicker but is nevertheless perceived to now be the underdog to rookie Matt Gay. The veteran is still considered to be a legitimate contender for the kicking job in the eyes of coach Bruce Arians, but Santos likely has a particularly small margin for error at this point thanks to Gay's impressive head start.

August 20, 2019 9:59 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Successful on only field-goal try

Santos made his only field goal, a 23-yard attempt, in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday. He did not attempt an extra point.

Analysis: To his credit, Santos nailed his chip-shot try, and he's enjoyed a solid summer all the way around. However, to the veteran's chagrin, rookie Matt Gay has been every bit as good, arguably has a stronger leg, and nailed a 48-yard attempt to win the game Friday. Santos is increasingly looking like a potential tough-luck loser of the heated job battle, but he should get at least one more opportunity to make his case in next Friday's exhibition against the Browns.

August 17, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Excelling early in camp

Santos was 9-for-9 with a 57-yard field goal in Sunday's camp practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Santos' perfect day comes on the heels of a near flawless one Friday, when he nailed all but a 55-yard attempt at the end of practice. Rookie fifth-round pick Matt Gay kept the pressure on Santos with an 8-for-9 performance of his own Saturday, and the two kickers figure to continue alternating kicking days in training camp and field-goal/extra-point opportunities in preseason games.

July 28, 2019 10:51 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Remains in Tampa

Santos will re-sign with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Santos played in nine games between the Buccaneers and Rams in 2018, converting 14 of 18 field goals and five of six extra points. He could have light competition during the offseason and training camp from Danish kicker Phillip Anderesen, who last played in the German Football League. Nevertheless, the job belongs to Santos unless he loses it.

March 12, 2019 10:04 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Perfect in finale

Santos was successful on field-goal attempts of 36 and 45 yards and also drilled both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-32 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Santos proved to be the cure for what ailed the Buccaneers' kicking game after his Week 11 arrival, making nine of 12 field-goal attempts and all 17 of his extra-point tries across seven games. The 27-year-old now heads into unrestricted free agency, but he would presumably be a strong candidate for return, given Tampa's difficulty in finding stability at the kicking position during general manager Jason Licht's tenure. If Santos does indeed don a Bucs uniform again in 2019, he'll make for a strong fantasy prospect, considering the team's talented offense could nevertheless experience some growing pains while acclimating to what will likely be a new system.

January 1, 2019 12:33 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Solid afternoon in defeat

Santos made field-goal attempts of 37 and 45 yards while misfiring 52-yard try in the Buccaneers 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also drilled both of his extra-point attempts.

Analysis: The 27-year-old's one miss was relatively excusable considering the distance, and Santos had a solid eight-point afternoon overall by making his other four kicks. The five-year veteran is 7-for-10 on field goals and has drilled all 15 of his extra points since joining the Bucs in Week 11. He'll be a serviceable fantasy option once again in the Week 17 finale against the Falcons and likely has done enough to be considered as a leading candidate for the placekicking role in 2019.

December 24, 2018 11:29 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Regains confidence in Week 15 loss

Santos made field-goal attempts of 21 and 28 yards and did not have any extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos had likely prompted at least some concern after missing two field goals in Week 14, but he alleviated those worries to an extent by drilling two makeable tries Sunday. He was shut out of the extra-point category, however, as the Bucs opted to go for two after their lone touchdown of the day. The weather conditions and defensive matchup should both be at least slightly more favorable in a Week 16 matchup versus the Cowboys, which should afford Santos an uptick in scoring opportunities.

December 17, 2018 8:15 AM EST

Cairo Santos: First stumbles in new uniform

Santos missed field-goal attempts of 46 and 40 yards while hitting both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos had enjoyed a perfect first two games in a Buccaneers uniform heading into Sunday, but his unblemished record was sullied fairly early on against the Saints. Santos' early-second-quarter 46-yard attempt hit the right upright, while his 40-yard try to end Tampa's first drive of the second half went wide right altogether. The veteran kicker at least did maintain his perfect tally on extra points, but given the team's struggles to find consistency at the kicker position in recent seasons, his two misses are likely more cause for concern than it would be on other clubs. Santos could find opportunities for redemption at a premium in Week 15, as the Bucs draw an unenviable road matchup versus the stingy Ravens defense.

December 10, 2018 12:55 PM EST

Cairo Santos: Keeps rolling in Week 13 win

Santos drilled his sole field-goal attempt from 35 yards and also connected on all three extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos continued his flawless streak to open his Buccaneers career, as he's now 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 11-for-11 on extra-point tries over his first three games in Tampa. Granted, the 27-year-old has yet to be tested from distance, as the longest of Santos' three field-goal attempts has come from just 41 yards. Nevertheless, the stability he's brought to the position since taking over for Chandler Catanzaro has been noticeable, and he should continue enjoying a fair share of scoring opportunities over the last four contests of 2018.

December 3, 2018 4:39 AM EST

Cairo Santos: Keeps ledger flawless in win

Santos nailed field-goal attempts of 41 and 39 yards as well as both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 27-9 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: So far so good for Santos in a Tampa uniform, as he made good on his pair of field-goal tries with the Bucs while also remaining perfect on extra points. If the veteran can maintain a similar caliber of performance moving forward, he'll be one of the better fantasy options at his position down the season's stretch run.

November 26, 2018 9:18 AM EST

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