Matt Prater

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Dealing with soreness

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Prater is considered day to day with general soreness, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Prater was limited due to a hip issue throughout last week's practices before suiting up for Sunday's win over Carolina, though Kingsbury did not elaborate on the specific body parts where the kicker is feeling sore. The 38-year-old has not missed a regular-season game over the past seven seasons, so these general aches and pains should not be considered much cause for concern. Prater went 30-of-37 on field-goal attempts and made all but two of his 49 extra-point tries with Arizona last season.

Oct 3, 2022 2:16 PM EST


Perfect in win

Prater made both field-goal attempts and both point-after tries during Sunday's 26-16 victory over Carolina.

Analysis: Prater was limited during each practice leading up to Week 4 due to a hip injury and was labeled as questionable. Nonetheless, he was deemed active for the contest and didn't show any ill effects of the hip issue as he made all four of his kicks during the Cardinals' win. The veteran kicker got Arizona on the board with a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter and gave the Cardinals a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter with a 39-yard make. Across four games, Prater has made all six of his field-goal attempts and all four PATs.

Oct 3, 2022 10:01 AM EST



Active Sunday, per usual

Prater (hip) is listed as active Sunday in Carolina.

Analysis: After his practice reps were capped during Week 4 prep, Prater entered the weekend with a questionable designation, but he'll nonetheless handle placekicking duties for the Cardinals on game day. He hasn't got much work this season due to circumstances beyond his control, but he has made all four field-goal attempts and both point-after tries through three games.

Oct 2, 2022 11:42 AM EST


Iffy for Sunday

Prater (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prater was limited at practices throughout the week due to a hip injury he presumably picked up during the team's Week 3 loss to the Rams, though he didn't appear bothered by the issue during the game as he connected on all four of his field-goal attempts. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, the Cardinals don't kick off until 4:05 PM ET on Sunday, to there'll be few replacement options available if Prater is ruled out for Week 4.

Sep 30, 2022 12:08 PM EST


Limited Wednesday

Prater was limited during Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Prater made all four of his field-goal attempts during Sunday's win over the Rams, but he appears to have picked up a hip injury as well. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he'll have two more opportunities to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Week 4.

Sep 28, 2022 12:54 PM EST



Hits double figures

Prater made all four of his field-goal attempts but didn't have any extra-point tries in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Prater converted from 23, 43, 49 and 31 yards, resulting in a 12-point outing after scoring just one point in both of the first two weeks.

Sep 27, 2022 4:14 PM EST


Another sparse performance

Prater made his only point-after try but didn't attempt a field goal during Sunday's 29-23 overtime victory in Las Vegas.

Analysis: The Cardinals have opened the campaign with 50 points combined between Weeks 1 and 2, but Prater has accounted for only two of them. In fact, he's posted the exact same stat line in those outings. Prater has been a victim of disjointed and comeback efforts so far, as Arizona has attempted two-point conversions on four of seven touchdowns to date (and didn't need an extra point following Sunday's game-ending fumble return TD). FGAs and more PATs will come as the season wears on, but for the time being it's tough to rely on Prater.

Sep 19, 2022 9:00 PM EST


Makes only kick

Prater did not attempt a field goal but made his only extra-point try in Sunday's 44-21 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Prater did all that was required of him, but his lack of opportunities resulted in an underwhelming output. He'll hope for more scoring chances in Week 2 versus the Raiders.

Sep 13, 2022 10:28 AM EST


Finishes sixth in scoring average

Prater struck true on 30 of 37 field-goal attempts and 47 of 49 point-after tries in 17 contests during the 2021 season.

Analysis: The Cardinals finished with the 11th-ranked scoring offense at 26.4 points per game, but Prater himself ended up in a tie for sixth among kickers that made at least 16 appearances with the Ravens' Justin Tucker at 8.1 points per game. Arizona has a number of key skill players set to become unrestricted free agents in March -- RBs James Conner and Chase Edmonds, WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk and TEs Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams -- but being attached to a Kyler Murray-led offense should continue to be beneficial for Prater, who is locked up for $4.5 million in 2022.

Jan 20, 2022 7:25 PM EST


Racks up 12 points in Week 18

Prater made all three field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 38-30 defeat to the Seahawks.

Analysis: With the 12-point performance, Prater pushed his way into a tie for sixth with Justin Tucker in terms of point per game (8.1) among kickers who played at least 16 games. While his success rate on FGAs (81.1 percent) is his second lowest since 2014, he has nailed 47 of 49 PATs (95.9 percent) on the campaign. Prater will look to keep it up in Monday's wild-card game versus the Rams.

Jan 11, 2022 10:13 AM EST


Matches season high

Prater made all four of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Prater tied his season high in points by converting field goals from 24, 53, 26 and 38 yards. In doing so, he not only rebounded from missing three kicks in Week 16, but Prater also helped Arizona clinch a three-point win. The veteran now sports 125 points heading into the final game of the season, placing in the top 10 at his position league-wide.

Jan 4, 2022 9:22 PM EST


Misses three kicks

Prater missed two of three field-goal attempts and one of two extra-point tries in Saturday's 22-16 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Prater missed from 51 yards to begin the game, then failed with his PAT after Arizona scored on its next drive. The veteran subsequently hit the right upright with a 41-yarder in the second half, before finally closing with a make from 28 yards. In the end, Prater's misses proved costly and directly contributed toward the Cardinals losing a third straight game. He'll strive to rebound from arguably his worst performance of the campaign in Week 17 versus the Cowboys.

Dec 28, 2021 5:59 PM EST


Converts two field goals

Prater converted both of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 30-12 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: The Cardinals struggled at Ford Field on Sunday, but Prater drilled a pair of 29-yarders in the second half to put the team on the board. Although he saw limited action against the Lions on Sunday, the 37-year-old has now made multiple field goals in each of the last three games, and he's converted all seven of his field-goal attempts while making all five of his extra-point tries during that time.

Dec 20, 2021 8:01 AM EST


Drills deep kicks

Prater made all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Prater was dialed in from long distance, converting from 53 yards twice before making a 49-yard field goal on his final attempt. With a pair of PATs as well, Prater put together his fourth double-digit scoring performance this season. Now with 102 points on the year, Prater ranks seventh among kickers league-wide.

Dec 14, 2021 3:29 PM EST


Connects on all five kicks

Prater nailed both field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 33-22 victory at Chicago.

Analysis: In the Cardinals' last game back in Week 11 at Seattle, Prater put together his worst showing of the season, missing a pair of field goals and an extra point. This time around, he had veritable layups when Arizona's offense faltered in the red zone, connecting from 33 and 25 yards. The nine-point effort ensured that Prater returned to the top 10 among kickers on a per-game basis (7.6, tied with the Eagles' Jake Elliott). Prater will aim to keep up the momentum next Monday versus the Rams.

Dec 6, 2021 9:07 PM EST


Misses three kicks

Prater missed two of three field-goal attempts and one of three extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Prater converted his first PAT before missing his second as well as a 39-yard field goal during the second quarter. Although he responded by hitting a 53-yard attempt to begin the second half, Prater subsequently missed a 36-yarder in the fourth. He ended by making another extra point, but overall it was Prater's worst performance of the campaign. Considering he'd gone five straight games without a miss prior to Sunday, Prater will aim to get back on track when the Cardinals return from their bye to face the Bears in Week 13.

Nov 23, 2021 4:18 PM EST


Makes both kicks

Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Prater's opportunities were limited due to Arizona's offensive struggles without starting quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle). The veteran converted from 47 yards on his field goal, helping bring his season tally to 77 points through 10 games.

Nov 16, 2021 2:39 PM EST


Nets seven points

Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Prater converted from 26 yards on his lone field goal and has now gone four straight games without a miss. His 73 points through nine games currently places him fourth league-wide at his position.

Nov 9, 2021 2:36 PM EST


Just three points

Prater did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 8's 24-21 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Prater was only called upon for PATs and has now attempted just one field goal over the Cardinals' past two games. Despite his season-low tally in Week 8, the veteran still sports 66 points so far, trailing just three kickers league-wide.

Nov 2, 2021 2:33 PM EST


Puts up seven points Sunday

Prater made his only field-goal attempt and all four point-after tries during Sunday's 31-5 win versus the Texans.

Analysis: Prater's seven points were his second fewest of the season -- tied with Week 3 at Jacksonville -- but he remains embedded in the top five in scoring in the NFL at nine points per game (tied with the Patriots' Nick Folk). As a beneficiary of the Cardinals' Kyler Murray-led offense, Prater can continue to be utilized in lineups on a weekly basis, including Thursday's showdown with the Packers.

Oct 25, 2021 8:56 PM EST


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