Michael Badgley

Indianapolis Colts
Place Kicker #15
Indianapolis Colts
Place Kicker #15
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Converts only kick in season finale

Badgley converted his only field-goal attempt from 41 yards in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.

Analysis: Badley made 18 of 21 field-goal attempts and all 39 extra-point attempts in 12 games after joining the Colts midseason. Badgley missed his only field goal while playing for the Titans in 2021 before signing with the Colts and replacing an injured Rodrigo Blankenship. Badgley performed well enough for the Colts to consider retaining him for 2022, but Blankenship is under contract for one more season. It's not clear what the Colts will do at placekicker for next season.

Jan 11, 2022 12:34 PM EST


Converts all four kicks

Badgley converted both field-goal attempts from 41 and 46 yards and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's loss to Las Vegas.

Analysis: Badgley had missed a field goal in each of his last three games, so this was a nice bounce back outing.

Jan 3, 2022 9:35 AM EST



Bounces back after early miss

Badgley made two of his three field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries during Saturday's 22-16 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: At the start of the second quarter, Badgley left a 53-yard attempt short. However, he bounced back to nail a 41-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. He then capped off a 10-play, 56-yard drive with a 37-yard attempt that gave the Colts a 15-13 lead at the end of the third quarter. Badgley has now missed at least one field goal in each of the last three contests, but coach Frank Reich has remained confident in the 26-year-old.

Dec 27, 2021 12:50 PM EST


Job safe for now

Coach Frank Reich said that the Colts are not anticipating replacing Badgley as the team's kicker, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Badgley missed a 49-yard field goal Saturday against New England, but he did make 41 and 25-yard attempts. Despite a decent showing, it was Badgley's second consecutive contest with a missed field-goal attempt. The team can't afford shaky play from its kicker while in the midst of a playoff race, though it appears the Colts stay have faith in Badgley for the time being.

Dec 19, 2021 12:36 PM EST


Misses first field goal with Colts

Badgley made one of his two field-goal attempts and all four of his extra points during Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Badgley missed a 35-yard attempt wide left in the first quarter, but he was able to bounce back in the second half to connect on a 23-yarder. Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) remains without a timetable to return, but given the Colts' Week 14 bye, he has a lot of time to recover before Indianapolis returns to action on Dec. 18. If Badgley remains the starter in Week 15, he could be in line for a solid workload against the Patriots' stout defense.

Dec 6, 2021 4:50 PM EST



Converts four kicks

Badgley converted his lone field-goal attempt while making three extra-point tries in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Badgley has been effective while filling in for Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) across the last seven games, and he's converted all 10 of his field-goal attempts while making each of his 28 extra-point tries since joining the Colts. Blankenship doesn't yet have a timetable to return, so Badgley will attempt to remain productive Sunday against the Texans.

Nov 29, 2021 8:57 AM EST


Perfect again Sunday

Badgley converted both field-goal attempts from 36 and 35 yards along with all five extra-point attempts in Sunday's win at Buffalo.

Analysis: Badgley has converted all nine field goals and all 24 extra points in six games since joining the Colts. He's playing so well, the Colts have said that former starter Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) will remain on injured reserve for the foreseeable future.

Nov 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST


Perfect again Sunday

Badgley made all three field-goal attempts, from 24, 29 and 37 yards, and both extra-point attempts, in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Badgley remains perfect in his five-game career with the Colts, converting all seven field-goal attempts and all 19 extra-point attempts. He's playing so well the Colts may take their time activating Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) from injured reserve (if Blankenship is able to return).

Nov 15, 2021 11:08 AM EST


Makes all seven kicks

Badgley made his only field-goal attempt and all six of his extra-point tries in Week 9's 45-30 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Badgley converted from 39 yards on his lone field goal and otherwise benefitted from Indy's offense putting the ball in the end zone. The veteran has made his only field-goal attempt in four straight games but has racked up 17 PATs over the same span, helping him accumulate 29 points since joining the Colts.

Nov 9, 2021 2:43 PM EST


Perfect again Sunday

Badgley converted his only field-goal attempt from 34 yards and made all four extra-point attempts in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Badgley has converted all three field-goal and all 11 extra-point attempts since joining the Colts. With Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) landing on injured reserve prior after Week 6, Badgley will continue to be Indy's placekicker. However, it's not clear when Blankenship may return.

Nov 1, 2021 2:49 PM EST


Converts all four kicks

Badgley converted his only field-goal attempt from 43 yards and made all three extra-point attempts in Sunday's win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Badgley converting all four kicks was no small feat given the the rainy and windy conditions. With Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) landing on injured reserve prior to the Week 6 contest, Badgley will continue to be Indy's placekicker. However, it's not clear when Blankenship may return.

Oct 25, 2021 11:59 AM EST


Signed to active roster

Badgley signed a contract with the Colts on Tuesday.

Analysis: Badgley was promoted to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Texans and kicked well enough, knocking home his lone field-goal attempt and all four of his extra-point attempts, to lay claim to a spot on the active roster with Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) landing on injured reserve.

Oct 19, 2021 1:26 PM EST


Demoted to practice squad

Badgley reverted to Indianapolis' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Badgley performed well in Rodrigo Blankenship's place, knocking through all four extra points and his lone attempted field goal. There's a good chance he could be thrust into action yet again in Week 7 against San Francisco.

Oct 18, 2021 7:16 PM EST


Will fill in against Houston

Badgley will be elevated from the practice squad Sunday against Houston to take the place of Rodrigo Blankenship (hip), JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Badgley started the season with the Titans but was let go after a poor Week 1 performance in which he missed his lone field-goal attempt and one of two PAT tries. Despite his accuracy issues, Badgley has some upside in this favorable matchup for the Colts' offense. If he proves serviceable, Badgley could see more opportunities in the event Blankenship's absence stretches beyond Week 6.

Oct 15, 2021 11:09 AM EST


Inked to Indy's practice squad

The Colts are signing Badgley to the practice squad Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Badgley missed his only field-goal attempt with the Titans in Week 1, and he was promptly cut by the team. However, if Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) is forced to miss any time, Badgley would now stand to have a fill-in opportunity in Indianapolis.

Oct 13, 2021 12:55 PM EST


Starting in Tennessee

Badgley signed a contract with the Titans on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The move comes after Sam Ficken (groin) was placed on injured reserve, the team's second kicker to land on IR this season. Badgley's stretches of inaccuracy ultimately cost him the kicking competition after starting the past three seasons with the Chargers, but previous Chargers castoffs such as Josh Lambo and Younghoe Koo have both succeeded in recent years after departures from their original franchise.

Sep 11, 2021 1:42 PM EST


Joins Titans' practice squad

Badgley is being added to Tennessee's practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Badgley lost the Chargers' kicking competition to Tristan Vizcaino in camp, but he's setting himself up as a potential option for a Titans team that's been churning through kickers in search of a long-term solution in recent seasons. Tennessee currently has Sam Ficken and Tucker McCann, who is on IR with an undisclosed injury, on its main roster.

Sep 10, 2021 11:58 AM EST


Loses job to Vizcaino

The Chargers are cutting Badgley on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Badgley converted only 73 percent of his field-goal attempts last season and lost his job to Tristan Vizcaino this summer. Vizcaino could even be useful for fantasy this season if the Chargers offense becomes a top-10 unit in Year 2 for Justin Herbert.

Aug 31, 2021 11:38 AM EST


Back with Chargers

The Chargers are re-signing Badgley, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Badgley is coming off a disastrous season, having converted just 73 percent of his field-goal attempts (worst among all kickers who attempted 30 or more field goals in 2020), including just two of six tries from 50-plus yards out. The team also signed placekicker Tristan Vizcaino earlier this month, and more competition for Badgley could surface as the offseason progresses.

Mar 18, 2021 2:28 PM EST


Concludes dreadful campaign

Badgley made all four of his extra points in the Week 17 win over the Chiefs. He finished the season with a 72.7 field-goal percentage across 33 attempts and also missed three of his 39 extra-point attempts.

Analysis: The third-year kicker might be on thin ice after posting the third-worst field-goal percentage among kickers who attempted 30 or more field goals this season. Missed game winners and extra points plagued Badgley throughout the season to the point where head coach Anthony Lynn repeatedly questioned his kicker's confidence in post-game pressers. What's worse, the 25-year-old's trademark big leg was nowhere to be found as Badgley connected on just two of his six attempts from 50-plus yards, bringing his career total to a paltry 3-of-9. Los Angeles will almost surely bring in some form of competition during the offseason in an effort to fix its long-standing issues with special teams.

Jan 7, 2021 10:27 AM EST


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