|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 175 lb.|
|Born:||April 9, 1996|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
McLaughlin made both PAT attempts and didn't attempt a field goal in Sunday's 28-14 loss to New England.
Analysis: McLaughlin made his Jets debut in the season finale after the team waived Sam Ficken. The 24-year-old Illinois product could compete for the kicking job in New York next season, though he didn't do much to give himself a leg up in that competition with this quiet performance.
McLaughlin will be the Jets' starting kicker in Sunday's game against the Patriots following news that the team waived Sam Ficken.
Analysis: Ficken has played 18 games for four different teams -- the Jets will be his fifth -- since entering the league in 2019. In that stretch, McLaughlin has connected on 22 of 28 field-goal attempts and 29 of 30 extra-point tries. Week 17 may serve as a tryout for McLaughlin's future with the team.
McLaughlin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: McLaughlin was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Dec. 14, but he has yet to suit up for Gang Green. Sam Ficken will continue to be the team's starting kicker.
The Jets claimed McLaughlin off waivers from the Jaguars on Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: McLaughlin missed two kicks in last week's 27-24 loss to the Vikings, leading to the Jaguars cutting him Saturday. He could land on his feet with a starting role in New York. In this past Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks, Jets kicker Sergio Castillo missed three of four field-goal tries, and his tenure with the team is likely coming to an end. In turn, McLaughlin likely will start in Sunday's game against the Rams as long as Sam Ficken (groin) doesn't return from IR.
The Jaguars waived McLaughlin on Saturday.
Analysis: McLaughlin missed two costly kicks in last week's 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings, leading to yet another rotation for Jacksonville's kickers. The Jags signed Aldrick Rosas to the active roster in a corresponding move, and he'll be the team's starting kicker Sunday against the Titans. If McLaughlin clears waivers, he has a good chance to revert to the team's practice squad.
McLaughlin made one of two field-goal attempts and one of two extra-point attempts during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Things got off to a rough start Sunday as the 24-year-old missed the PAT on Jacksonville's opening touchdown, and Vikings kicker Dan Bailey followed with two missed PATs of his own. McLaughlin then came up short on a desperation 62-yard field goal at the end of regulation, sending the game to overtime. He's 4-for-5 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-4 on extra-point attempts in three games this season.
The Jaguars activated McLaughlin (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Analysis: McLaughlin missed last weekend's loss to the Browns while on the COVID list, but he'll now be eligible to return to action Week 13. Aldrick Rosas stands to return to the practice squad as McLaughlin slots back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game in Minnesota.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that McLaughlin won't be eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
Analysis: The Jaguars placed McLaughlin on the list Tuesday after he either tested positive for COVID-19 or came into close contact with somewhat who did. Whatever the case, McLaughlin apparently isn't on track to clear all protocols before Sunday, so the Jaguars intend to promote Aldrick Rosas from the practice squad to handle the team's kicking duties this weekend.
The Jaguars placed McLaughlin on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: McLaughlin's placement on the list comes after he tested positive for the COVID-19 or was deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive. If it's the latter case, he could have enough time to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols and play Sunday against the Browns. McLaughlin has served as Jacksonville's kicker for the past two weeks, making all five of his kicks (three field goals, two extra points).
McLaughlin made his lone field-goal attempt during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: The 24-year-old converted from 41 yards out to cap Jacksonville's opening drive, which ended up being the team's only points of the afternoon against a strong Pittsburgh defense. The game against the Browns next week certainly provides a better matchup, but the inconsistency of the Jaguars offense severely limits any fantasy potential. McLaughlin has made both PATs and all three field-goal attempts through two games this season.
McLaughlin converted both field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: The 24-year-old performed well in his first game for Jacksonville, especially given the 20-plus mph winds Sunday at Lambeau Field. McLaughlin converted field goals from 52 and 31 yards, both of which gave the Jaguars the lead at the time. Aldrick Rosas is on the practice squad and will have his suspension lifted after next week's matchup with Pittsburgh, but McLaughlin should earn a longer look from Jacksonville if he puts together another strong performance.
Mclaughlin had his roster exemption lifted Saturday, moving him to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game versus the Packers.
Analysis: McLaughlin is expected to be the Jaguars' starting kicker Sunday. The 24-year-old bounced around last season, playing for three different teams. He connected on 18 of 23 field-goal attempts (78 percent) and all 26 extra points in 2019, and he could remain as Jacksonville's kicker for the rest of the season with strong performances.
McLaughlin isn't expected to join the Jaguars for workouts until Saturday while he waits to clear COVID-19 testing and screening protocols, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: Jacksonville signed McLaughlin to its roster Tuesday, but because he's arriving from a different organization (Minnesota), he won't be permitted to take part in team activities for a few days. McLaughlin will thus miss each of the Jaguars' three practices this week, but assuming he arrives in Green Bay this weekend and clears the necessary protocols, he should serve as the team's kicker Sunday against the Packers. Punter Logan Cooke will practice placekicking and kickoffs this week in the event McLaughlin is unable to gain clearance for Sunday.
The Jaguars signed McLaughlin off the Vikings' practice squad Tuesday.
Analysis: McLaughlin won't immediately count against Jacksonville's 53-man roster while he completes COVID-19 testing and screening protocols upon joining a new organization, but the Jaguars expected to have him available to serve as their kicker Sunday in Green Bay. With Jacksonville recently shutting top kicker Josh Lambo (hip) down for the season, McLaughlin is likely to kick for the team for at least two games before potentially ceding his role to practice-squad member Aldrick Rosas (suspension), who will be eligible to rejoin the roster Week 12. McLaughlin saw action with the Colts, Chargers and 49ers in 2019, converting 18 of 23 field-goal attempts and all 26 of his extra-point tries.
The Vikings signed McLaughlin to the practice squad Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Vikings will roll with placekicker Dan Bailey to kick off the 2020 campaign, as expected, with McLaughlin around as an emergency option. McLaughlin filled in admirably for Adam Vinatieri across four appearances with the Colts last season.
The Colts will waive McLaughlin, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: McLaughlin filled in for the injured Adam Vinatieri down the stretch last year, but he was beaten out for the Colts' 2020 kicking job by rookie Rodrigo Blankenship.
Rodrigo Blankenship outperformed McLaughlin in Saturday's scrimmage, making 6 of 7 field goals, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Analysis: Blankenship made kicks of 33, 37, 41, 52, 56, 57 yards and missed from 48. McLaughlin made four of seven kicks (from 33, 37, 41 and 57 yards), missing from 48, 52 and 56 yards. McLaughlin had performed better than Blankenship in the first scrimmage, so the battle for the placekicking job remains close. However, McLaughlin is still the favorite as a veteran since he made five of six field goal attempts and all 11 PATs in his stint with the Colts last season.
McLaughlin is 8-for-8 in field goal attempts in Monday's scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium and appears to have a lead over rookie Rodrigo Blankenship, The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Blankenship was 5-of-8 in field goal attempts with misses from 39, 44 and 53 yards. McLaughlin as a veteran looks likely to win the job, but the team may not announce the starting placekicker until shortly before Week 1.
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