Graham Gano

Graham Gano

Place Kicker #9
Team: Carolina Panthers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 192 lb.
College:Florida State
Born:April 9, 1987
Drafted:2009 / UDFA

Graham Gano: May be nursing right leg injury

Gano appeared to tweak his right leg during his final kickoff in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 22-21 loss to the Eagles, Tom Canavan of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Gano wasn't needed again following that kickoff with just over six minutes remaining, as the Eagles scored a go-ahead touchdown on the possession before Giants quarterback Daniel Jones coughed up a game-sealing fumble with less than 30 seconds left. Because the Giants were unable to advance the ball far enough down the field for a potential game-winning field goal, it's unclear if Gano would have been healthy enough to kick. Gano's status should gain clarity when the Giants release their first Week 8 injury report next Thursday.

October 23, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Graham Gano: Rings up eight points

Gano made two field goals and two extra points in Sunday's 20-19 win over Washington.

Analysis: Gano did most of his work in the first half, connecting on a 33-yarder on the Giants' first offensive drive and adding a 20-yard chip shot in the second quarter. The 33-year-old squeezed in two extra points -- a season high -- as well. He's now made at least two field goals in five straight games and ranks seventh in the league with 51 total points. The Giants' inconsistent and shaky offense is a concern for Gano, but he keeps producing anyway. He should be considered a solid option in Week 7 against the Eagles, who have allowed at least 23 points in four straight outings.

October 19, 2020 10:47 AM EST

Graham Gano: Drills three long kicks

Gano connected on all four field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Only four kickers this season have made more than two field goals from beyond 50 yards, but Gano drilled three from that distance Sunday, adding a 25-yarder and two extra points for good measure. The 33-year-old kicker has now hit at least three field goals in three straight games, and he's missed just one kick all year. He gets plenty of opportunities even when facing good defenses, so he should be on fantasy radars in Week 6 against Washington.

October 12, 2020 1:02 PM EST

Graham Gano: Hits three kicks

Gano made all three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Gano accounted for all of the Giants' points in Week 4, as he was a perfect 3-for-3 in a second straight game. The 33-year-old kicker has now connected on nine of 10 field goals this year, and his only miss was from 57 yards in Week 2. Although the Giants aren't moving the ball well right now, Gano's Week 5 matchup is encouraging, as the Cowboys have allowed a league-high 36.5 points per game.

October 5, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Graham Gano: Lone scorer against 49ers

Gano drilled all three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 36-9 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: It was a rough afternoon for the Giants, so Gano's perfection was one of the long bright spots. He hit kicks from 52, 47 and 42 yards out to produce the Giants' only points. Gano has now connected on six of seven field goals and both extra points this season. The Giants' lethargic offense is a concern for Gano's fantasy outlook, so he is a low-floor player moving forward.

September 28, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Graham Gano: Misses kick in close loss

Gano made two of three field goals and his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Gano missed a 57-yard field goal wide left in the waning seconds of the first half, a mistake that is highlighted further by the Giants' four-point loss in which they were on the 10-yard line as time expired. Still, Gano has a strong track record, and his job won't be in jeopardy at this time. He'll look to bounce back in Week 3 versus the 49ers' depleted defense, although the Giants' offense will be without Saquon Barkley (knee) and possibly Sterling Shepard (toe) as well.

September 21, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Graham Gano: Makes both kicks

Gano made his only field-goal attempt as well as his lone extra-point try in Monday night's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Gano converted from 21 yards to begin the game, giving the Giants their first three points of the season. The veteran was only called upon once after, however, as New York struggled with consistency offensively. Gano will hope to be more involved in Week 2 versus the Bears.

September 15, 2020 6:01 PM EST

Graham Gano: Set to kick for Giants

With the Giants having released Chandler Catanzaro, Gano is now in line to serve as the team's placekicker, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Previously, it appeared as though Gano, who was released by the Panthers at the end of July, would need to compete with Catanzaro, but following Monday's move it looks like he'll serve as the Giants' kicker in 2020, a job held by Aldrick Rosas last season. Gano's fantasy upside is tied to the efficiency of the team's offense, helmed by second-year QB Daniel Jones.

August 17, 2020 9:28 AM EST

Graham Gano: Finds opportunity in Big Apple

Gano will sign with the Giants once he passes a physical and COVID testing, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Gano was cut by the Panthers on July 30 after losing the kicking competition to Joey Slye, but he didn't stay unemployed long. The 33-year-old Gano last played in 2018 when he connected on 14 of 16 field goals (88 percent) of field goals. He'll compete with Chandler Catanzaro for the Giants' starting kicker job.

August 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

Graham Gano: Deemed healthy by former coach

Gano (knee) -- who has been released by the Panthers -- was deemed healthy by coach Matt Rhule on Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though the Panthers elected to go with Joey Slye as their kicker this season, a healthy Gano is capable of helping another NFL team looking to bolster the position. The 33-year-old missed the entire 2019 campaign while recovering from surgery on his non-kicking leg, but Rhule's statement Wednesday indicates that Gano is now past the issue.

July 30, 2020 10:46 AM EST

Graham Gano: Cut loose by Carolina

The Panthers are cutting Gano (knee), Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gano made 85.6 percent of his field-goal attempts in seven seasons with the Panthers, but he missed the entire 2019 campaign while recovering from surgery on his non-kicking leg. His absence created an opening for Joey Slye, who struggled on shorter kicks but led the NFL with eight field goals of 50-plus yards. This move will clear out $2.8 million in 2020 cap space, though it comes with $1.5 million in dead-money charges for both this season and next. The 33-year-old Gano should get a look with another team if he can pass a physical exam.

July 30, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Graham Gano: Competing for job

Gano (knee) is expected to compete with Joey Slye for the Panthers' starting kicking job, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It is unclear if Gano has fully recovered from the left knee surgery he underwent in November, but he is appears to be on track to compete for the starting job. He had been the Panthers kicker since 2013 before being placed on injured reserve prior to the 2019 season. Slye ultimately replaced him for the rest of the year. The pair now now seem to be in a legitimate competition for the starting gig.

June 17, 2020 4:13 AM EST

Graham Gano: Placed on IR

Gano (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The timing of the transaction means Gano won't be eligible to return from IR this season, but he may be able to find a new team if he negotiates an injury settlement. The Panthers will move forward with preseason star Joey Slye as their new kicker.

August 30, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Graham Gano: May start season on IR

Gano is dealing with a sore knee, making him a candidate to start the season on injured reserve, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Gano has tended to knee injuries in both of the past two campaigns and even missed the final four games of 2018 with a left knee issue. If his plant leg remains a concern, the Panthers would be taking a prudent approach with the kicker to ensure he's available during the stretch run. The move cannot be made until the team makes roster cuts Saturday, but it appears as if Gano will yield place-kicking duties to Joey Slye to begin the year.

August 29, 2019 3:24 PM EST

Graham Gano: Could be traded

The Panthers might consider placing Gano (leg) on injured reserve and/or trading him, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Gano set to miss another exhibition Thursday night, fellow Panthers kicker Joey Slye has the chance to build on a perfect preseason that's included two field goals from 50-plus yards and three more from 40-49. The Panthers don't have a ton of financial incentive to cut Gano before next offseason, but they could try to work out a trade with a kicker-needy team.

August 29, 2019 7:29 AM EST

Graham Gano: Unlikely to play Thursday

Gano (leg) is not expected to suit up during Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gano has been managing leg soreness all preseason. The veteran is prioritizing a return to full health by the regular-season opener, and isn't likely to rush himself into action for Carolina's final preseason tilt. Gano's starting job still seems secure, though Joey Slye is waiting in the wings.

August 28, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Graham Gano: Could get into Thursday's game

Coach Ron Rivera relayed that Carolina is still evaluating whether Gano will kick Thursday against the Steelers,Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The team would certainly like to see Gano kick in a game before the regular season, as he's been dealing with leg soreness lately. His starting job still seems secure at this point, though.

August 25, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Graham Gano: Sitting out this week

Coach Ron Rivera said Gano won't kick this week, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rivera committed to Gano as the Panthers' starting kicker last week after he returned from leg soreness, and he'll now take a break heading into Week 3 of the preseason. Joey Slye will take over kicking duties this week and for Thursday's preseason game at New England.

August 19, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Graham Gano: Starting gig secure

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Gano will start for the Panthers while healthy, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Gano sat out last week's preseason contest against the Bears due to leg soreness, but returned to practice Sunday and appears to be fully healthy. The veteran kicker is on track for Friday's tilt against the Bills.

August 12, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Graham Gano: Back at practice

Gano (leg) was spotted kicking at Sunday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gano didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears due to leg soreness, but he managed to return to kicking Sunday. He should be ready to roll for Friday's matchup with Buffalo.

August 11, 2019 6:09 PM EST

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