Rodrigo Blankenship

Indianapolis Colts
Place Kicker #3
Indianapolis Colts
Place Kicker #3
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Rodrigo Blankenship News

Will stay on IR

Blankenship (hip) reportedly lost the Colts' kicking job to Michael Badgley for now, and he will stay on the injured reserve so he can continue to regain strength in his hip, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blankenship is expected to stay on the Colts' injured reserve for the foreseeable future as coach Frank Reich shared how Michael Badgley is Indianapolis' kicker for now. It's possible Blankenship returns if Badgley starts to struggle to kick the football.

Nov 17, 2021 6:56 PM EST

Placed on IR

Blankenship (hip) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Blankenship had already been ruled out for Sunday's Week 6 matchup due to a hip injury that he sustained last week, but he'll be forced to miss at least three games. Michael Badgley was elevated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans.

Oct 16, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 6

Blankenship (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: With Blankenship unavailable this weekend, fellow kicker Michael Badgley is slated to be promoted from the Colts' practice squad to the team's active roster in advance of Sunday's contest.

Oct 15, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Still absent Thursday

Blankenship (hip) was unavailable for Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The kicker was a non-participant at practice for the second consecutive day after he suffered a hip injury Monday night against the Ravens. Indianapolis signed kicker Michael Badgley on Wednesday in case Blankenship cannot go Sunday versus the Texans.

Oct 14, 2021 2:43 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Blankenship (hip) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: It's not surprising Blankenship didn't practice Wednesday, as coach Frank Reich said the kicker underwent an MRI on Tuesday after dealing with the hip injury Week 5. The Colts tried out some kickers and signed Michael Badgley to the practice squad, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis, so the team already has already secured its backup option should Blankenship be forced to miss any time.

Oct 13, 2021 3:31 PM EST

Gets MRI, Week 6 status in question

Colts head coach Frank Reich said Blankenship (hip) underwent an MRI on Tuesday, leaving the kicker's status uncertain heading into a Week 6 matchup with the Texans, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. "I'll get the results [of the MRI], and then we'll talk through with [general manager Chris Ballard] what we need to do, whether we need to bring in another kicker, how extensive is the injury."

Analysis: The Colts already seem to be bracing for Blankenship not being available for Sunday's game, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relaying Wednesday that the team worked out Brett Maher and Michael Badgley, among other kickers. Blankenship was clearly limited by the injury in the Colts' Week 5 loss to the Ravens on Monday, telling Stephen Holder of The Athletic that he felt "stabbing pain" in his right hip prior to the contest. Though he proceeded to play through the pain, he missed one of two extra-point attempts, had a 37-yard field-goal attempt blocked and misfired on another try from 47 yards that would have won the game.

Oct 13, 2021 8:28 AM EST

Availability looking iffy

Coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that he's uncertain about the severity of Blankenship's hip injury, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Reich confirmed that Blankenship has undergone an MRI, and he addressed the possibility of Indianapolis bringing in another kicker. Still, for the time being, it remains unclear whether Blankenship will be forced to miss time. The Colts take on the Texans this weekend.

Oct 13, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Battling hip injury

Blankenship played through a hip injury suffered during the first quarter of Monday night's game against Baltimore, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Blankenship obviously wasn't right after suffering the injury, missing one of two extra points and two of four field goal attempts. One of his field goal misses would have won his team the game as time expired. It's currently unclear if the injury will force Blankenship to miss time, but it'll be something to keep an eye on heading into Week 6 against the Texans.

Oct 11, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Perfect on five kicks

Blankenship made both field-goal attempts and all three PATs during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Blankenship converted on field goals from 34 and 43 yards as he remains perfect from inside 50 yards this season. The 24-year-old is 9-for-10 on field goals and 6-for-6 on PATs heading into the Week 5 matchup at Baltimore.

Oct 4, 2021 3:09 PM EST

Scores 10 points

Blankenship made three of four field-goal attempts and his only extra-point try in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Blankenship converted from 43, 28 and 24 yards before going wide right with his final field-goal attempt, a 51-yarder. With his second straight 10-point outing, Blankenship now sports 24 through the Colts' first three games.

Sep 28, 2021 12:42 PM EST

Converts all three FG attempts

Blankenship converted all three field-goal attempts from 48, 46 and 35 yards and made his only extra-point attempt in Sunday's loss to the Rams

Analysis: Blankenship has converted all four field-goal attempts this season and his two 45-plus yard conversions bode well for repeating his success from that distance last season. The 2020 UDFA went 31-for-34 from inside 50 yards last year.

Sep 20, 2021 10:53 AM EST

Wins kicking battle

Blankenship has won the Colts' kicking job, with the team releasing Eddy Pineiro on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Undrafted last year, Blankenship won the job with a strong training camp and converted 32 of 37 field-goal attempts (86.5 percent) in the regular season. However, he had just three attempts from 50-plus yards, missing two, and then missed a field goal in the playoff loss to Buffalo. Blankeship will keep his spot for Week 1, but the month-long job battle this summer suggests Colts brass isn't entirely sold on him.

Aug 24, 2021 6:29 AM EST

Makes 47-yard FG

Blankenship converted his only field goal attempt from 47 yards in Saturday's preseason win at Minnesota.

Analysis: Both Blankenship and Eddy Pinero have been nearly perfect in training camp and the preseason. Blankenship will likely retain this starting job from last season unless he stumbles. He had a solid rookie campaign, missing only five kicks (including PATs) inside of 50 yards. However, he had a key 33-yard misfire late in the third quarter against Buffalo during the playoffs.

Aug 22, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Faces competition for kicker job

Indianapolis will have an open competition at placekicker between Blankenship and Eddy Pineiro, the Indianapolis Star reports. " Hot Rod had a good season for us last year, so that's obviously taken into consideration. He'll have to earn it again this year. ... It is open competition," said head coach Frank Reich.

Analysis: Blankenship had a solid year, missing only five kicks (including PATs) inside of 50 yards. However, he had a 33-yard miss late in the third quarter against Buffalo in the playoffs. He doesn't have great range (1-for-3 on kicks of 50-plus yards), so the Colts could decide to go with a stronger leg. Still, Blankenship has to be considered a heavy favorite to retain the job.

May 26, 2021 10:57 PM EST

Misses two kicks

Blankenship missed two of four field-goal attempts but made both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Blankenship converted his short kicks, splitting the uprights from 22 and 24 yards, but misfired from 56 yards right before halftime and 49 yards on the Colts' first drive after. Despite those misses, Blankenship still finished the regular season with 139 points, ranking fifth league-wide among kickers as a rookie.

Jan 5, 2021 5:46 PM EST

Converts four kicks

Blankenship made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point tries in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Blankenship made a 28-yard chip shot to start the third quarter, marking his only field-goal attempt of the day. The rookie has now made 30 of 33 field-goal tries this season, including 10 of 12 attempts from beyond 40 yards. Even if the Colts fall short of the playoffs, finding their kicker of the future is a bright spot this season.

Dec 28, 2020 9:19 AM EST

Drills 53-yarder

Blankenship connected on both field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Blankenship nailed a 35-yarder on the first drive of the second quarter, and he drilled a 53-yarder on the next drive, marking a career long with his first made field goal from beyond 50 yards. The rookie is in the race for the most points in the league, as his 125 points is tied for second, just eight points shy of Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo.

Dec 21, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Converts on eight kicks

Blankenship made three field-goal attempts and five extra-point tries in Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: The Colts torched the Raiders on the ground and through the air, allowing Blankenship to put up 14 points. All of his field goals came from within 40 yards, but it was a significant feat nonetheless. The rookie now ranks fourth in the league with 116 points through 13 games.

Dec 14, 2020 9:58 AM EST

Drills four kicks

Blankenship made a 42-yard field goal and all three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The Colts' offense was effective against a depleted Texans defense, leaving minimal opportunities for Blankenship. He was perfect once again, marking the fourth time in five games that the rookie didn't miss a kick. However, Blankenship tried more than one field goal in just two of those games. He's been tough to depend on lately, but he's intriguing again in Week 14 against the Raiders, who allowed 28 points to the Jets in Week 13.

Dec 7, 2020 8:39 AM EST

Minimal usage in blowout loss

Blankenship didn't attempt a field goal but made both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 45-26 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The Colts scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives, and Blankenship followed up each score with an extra point. By the time the Colts found the end zone again, they were down by 18 and in need of two-point conversions. It was an unlucky game script for Blankenship's fantasy managers. He's still a must-start option with the next three games in dome settings.

Nov 30, 2020 8:25 AM EST

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