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Rodrigo Blankenship

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

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

Nails game-winning kick

Blankenship made four of five field-goal attempts and both extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-31 overtime win against the Packers.

Analysis: Three field goals in the second half helped the Colts overcome an 11-point halftime deficit and force overtime, and the rookie kicker connected on his fourth of the day from 39 yards in the extra frame to secure the team's seventh win of the year. The rookie kicker is now tied with Daniel Carlson for the league high in points (94), and he won't kick in an outdoor setting until Week 16.

Nov 23, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Drills both kicks Sunday

Blankenship made a 43-yard field goal and his lone extra-point in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Blankenship led the league in points through the first six games, but he took a sharp turn following the Week 7 bye, making just one field goal and four extra points -- he missed two attempts last week -- over the past two contests. The Colts' offense continues to be mediocre, but it should provide more opportunities for Blankenship in Week 10, as the Titans have allowed an average of 25.1 points per game this year.

Nov 9, 2020 11:42 AM EST

Misses two PATs

Blankenship converted three of five extra-point attempts during Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.

Analysis: The 23-year-old struggled mightily coming out of the bye week, as he pushed to PATs wide right. Blankenship didn't attempt any field goals, but he still could have had a six-point day if he converts the PATs, as the Colts opted for a two-point conversion after his first miss. Blankenship is 16-for-18 on field-goal attempts and 18-for-20 on extra-point attempts this season, and Sunday's performance could put him on thin ice if he struggles again next week versus the Ravens.

Nov 2, 2020 10:19 AM EST

Nails another five kicks

Blankenship hit a 40-yard field goal and all four extra-point attempts in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Blankenship was perfect for a third straight week, but this was the first time in the undrafted rookie's career that he made fewer than two field goals in a game. It was a solid fantasy day for the Georgia product nonetheless, as he extended his league-high in points to 63, outpacing Justin Tucker by four. The Colts have a Week 7 bye, which leaves fantasy managers in a tough position on whether to drop him or utilize a bench spot for him. There's only a handful of kickers who qualify to be rostered through a bye week, and Blankenship could fit the mold with seven of the Colts' next eight games being played in a dome.

Oct 19, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Perfect on five kicks

Blankenship made all five kicks -- three field goals and two extra points -- in Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Blankenship has only missed one field goal from less than 40 yards this season, and he connected on all three from that range Sunday. Colts faithful should be excited to have some stability at the position after legend Adam Vinatieri's disappointing 2019 season, as Blankenship leads the league with 56 points through five games. Even with the Colts' offense being underwhelming, Blankenship is producing and should be universally rostered and started Week 6 against the Bengals.

Oct 12, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Registers 13 points

Blankenship hit all four field goals and his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's 19-11 win over the Bears.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie has been a solid contributor for the Colts, as he's made all nine extra points this season and 12 of 14 field goals (86 percent). Blankenship's work from range has been solid, too, hitting four of five kicks from beyond 40 yards. It's tough being tied to the Colts' mediocre offense, but a Week 5 matchup against the Browns should yield fantasy dividends, as the Browns have allowed 402 total yards per game -- the eighth-most in the league.

Oct 5, 2020 1:22 PM EST

Converts six kicks

Blankenship made two of three field-goal attempts and all four extra-point attempts during Sunday's 36-7 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Blankenship converted field goals from 42 and 41 yards Sunday, but he hit the right upright from 41 yards on his miss. It was still a productive day for the 23-year-old, and he's 8-for-10 on field-goal attempts and 8-for-8 on extra-point attempts through three games. A matchup with the Bears in Week 4 represents the toughest defensive test for the Colts in the young season.

Sep 28, 2020 1:22 PM EST

Hits all six kicks

Blankenship connected on all four field goals and two extra points in Sunday's 28-11 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Blankenship missed a 30-yard field goal in Week 1, but the undrafted free agent bounced back with perfection against Minnesota, including a 44-yard field goal. The Colts have moved the ball well with Philip Rivers under center, and they draw another favorable matchup in Week 3 with the Jets coming to town.

Sep 21, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Misses short FG in debut

Blankenship made two of three field goal attempts, missing from 30 yards, in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville. He converted both extra-point attempts.

Analysis: It's concerning that Blankenship missed a short field goal in a close game considering the undrafted rookie likely doesn't have a strong hold on the job. He likely cannot afford many more missteps early in the season.

Sep 14, 2020 11:40 AM EST

Wins kicking job

Blankenship will be the Colts kicker to begin the season after Chase McLaughlin was released Saturday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blakenship outperformed McLaughlin during the team's scrimmage last week which seemed to be the difference maker in an otherwise tight competition throughout training camp. The Georgia product was a standout kicker at the collegiate level, making 80 of his 97 career field-goal attempts, but didn't wind up getting drafted. That ultimately might have been a blessing in disguise, as Blakenship should now be set to take over for long-time Colt, Adam Vinatieri, at the pivotal position. McLaughlin, who served as the fill-in for the Colts last season after Vinatieri was limited by injury, will now hit the waiver wire.

Sep 5, 2020 10:47 AM EST

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