Zane Gonzalez

Carolina Panthers
Place Kicker #5
Carolina Panthers
Place Kicker #5

Zane Gonzalez News

Back for two more seasons

The Panthers have re-signed Gonzalez to a two-year $4.5 million deal, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: By the time the Panthers take the field again, Gonzalez will be well past the quad issue that sidelined him late last season and will reprise his duties as the team's top kicker. Prior to his injury, Gonzalez made 20 of his 22 field-goal attempts and hit 22 of his 23 extra-point tries in 12 games. While retaining the 26-year-old provides Carolina with some welcome stability at the kicker position, Gonzalez's fantasy prospects in 2022 hinge on the overall efforts of the franchise's offense, a unit that figures to undergo some re-tooling this offseason.

Mar 9, 2022 9:02 AM EST

Placed on IR

Gonzalez (quad) has been placed on IR by the Panthers.

Analysis: Gonzalez is thus done for the regular season due to a quad injury he suffered during pregame warm-ups this past Sunday. To replace him, the Panthers signed Lirim Hajrullahu off the Washington's practice squad, while Alex Kessman is slated to join Carolina's practice squad.

Dec 22, 2021 9:32 AM EST

May be done for season

Gonzalez could be placed on injured reserve after he was diagnosed with a strained right quadriceps following an MRI on Monday, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: The diagnosis is good news for Gonzalez, whom the Panthers feared had torn a muscle while warming up prior to Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Bills. Since the Panthers didn't have another player with NFL kicking experience on the roster, Carolina eschewed extra-point tries on both of its touchdowns and instead went for two. Though the Panthers haven't officially provided an update on Gonzalez's outlook for Week 16 and beyond, the team signed another kicker in Lirim Hajrullahu off Washington's practice squad, per Joe Person of The Athletic. Hajrullahu's addition likely foreshadows Gonzalez's eventual move to season-ending IR.

Dec 21, 2021 3:07 PM EST

Undergoing MRI

Gonzalez (quadriceps) will undergo an MRI on Monday to help determine the extent of his injury, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Gonzalez was unable to play Sunday against the Bills after he suffered a quad injury during pregame warmups, and the Panthers will bring in several kickers for a tryout this week, David Newton of reports. Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he needs to talk with doctors before the team determines whether Gonzalez is dealing with a season-ending injury.

Dec 20, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Won't play Week 15

The Panthers announced Gonzalez won't play Sunday against the Bills after suffering a right quadriceps injury during warmups, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: The injury occurred when Gonzalez lost his footing on the field while attempting a kick. After Gonzalez was helped to the locker room, Carolina had a number of players take part in kickoffs for the remainder of warmups. Emergency placekicking duties could fall to punter Lachlan Edwards or backup quarterback P.J. Walker, who served as a kicker in high school. Most likely, though, the Panthers will likely eschew extra-point tries in favor of two-point attempts for any touchdowns they score during the afternoon.

Dec 19, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Suffers injury in warmups

Gonzalez required assistance off the field after he suffered an apparent leg injury during warmups prior to Sunday's game in Buffalo, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though Gonzalez officially remains active for the contest, he looks like he could be at risk of not playing in the game after coming down with the injury. Carolina doesn't have any other placekickers on the roster, so the team will most likely turn to punter Lachlan Edwards to handle that role. Edwards' inexperience as a placekicker could prompt head coach Matt Rhule to forgo longer-range extra-point and field-goal attempts throughout the contest.

Dec 19, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Makes all three kicks

Gonzalez did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Gonzalez again did all that was required of him, extending his streak to nine straight games without a miss. Although being limited to PATs restricted his production Sunday, Gonzalez's consistency has been impressive this season.

Dec 13, 2021 7:32 AM EST

Just four points

Gonzalez made his only field-goal attempt and lone extra-point try in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 41 yards to end the second quarter, his only field-goal attempt over the past couple weeks. Despite getting few opportunities lately, Gonzalez has now gone eight straight games without a miss heading into Carolina's bye.

Nov 29, 2021 7:22 AM EST

No field-goal attempts

Gonzalez did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Gonzalez was limited to PATs but in making all three of his attempts, Gonzalez went a seventh straight game without a single miss. The veteran will hope to keep his streak going while getting more opportunities in Week 12 versus the Dolphins.

Nov 22, 2021 9:19 AM EST

Notches season high

Gonzalez made all four of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 44, 48, 49 and 27 yards on his respective field goals, continuing his consistent play of late. The kicker has now gone six straight games without a miss, with Sunday's 14 points marking a new season high.

Nov 15, 2021 6:23 AM EST

Another perfect day

Gonzalez made both of his field-goal tries and did not attempt an extra point in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Gonzalez has emerged as a reliable presence for the Panthers lately, converting field goals from 39 and 49 yards Sunday. He'll strive to keep his positive momentum going while facing his former team, the Cardinals, in Week 10.

Nov 8, 2021 6:13 AM EST

Fuels Sunday's victory

Gonzalez made all four of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted field goals from 29, 51, 57 and 23 yards, fueling the Panthers' scoring prior to a fourth-quarter touchdown from the offense. The veteran has come on strong lately, as Gonzalez has now gone four straight games without a miss, racking up 34 points over that span.

Nov 1, 2021 7:43 AM EST

Makes only kick

Gonzalez made his only field-goal try and did not attempt an extra point in Sunday's 25-3 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted a 45-yarder off the upright on his only kick of the game, bringing his season tally to 39 points through six appearances as a Panther.

Oct 25, 2021 8:12 AM EST

Scores eight points

Gonzalez made both his field-goal attempts and both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 47 and 23 yards on his respective field goals, putting together a second straight perfect kicking performance. Through five games for the Panthers, Gonzalez now sports 36 points.

Oct 18, 2021 7:17 AM EST

Hits double digits

Gonzalez made all three of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 48, 43 and 50 yards on his field goals, turning in comfortably his best performance as a Panther. With now 28 points through four appearances this season, Gonzalez will hope his kicking momentum carries into Week 6's matchup versus the Vikings.

Oct 11, 2021 6:42 AM EST

Misses field goal

Gonzalez missed his only field-goal attempt but made all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 36-28 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gonzalez went wide left from 54 yards on his lone field-goal opportunity. Although another miss won't help Gonzalez' job security, it being a long-distance misfire is at least more excusable and the veteran made his four other kicks Sunday. Through three games with the Panthers, Gonzalez now boasts 18 points.

Oct 4, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Bounces back versus Texans

Gonzalez made his only field-goal attempt and all three of his extra-point tries in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 21 yards on his lone field-goal try, which along with his three PAT makes helped stabilize his status following a pair of misses in his Panther debut. The recent signee will now strive to maintain his consistency in Week 4 versus the Cowboys.

Sep 24, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Misses two kicks

Gonzalez missed one of his three field-goal attempts as well as one of his three extra-point tries in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Gonzalez could be on shaky ground after just one appearance for the Panthers, who have already cut two kickers for being inconsistent this season. Although Gonzalez converted from 20 and 42 yards on his respective field-goal makes, he had a 55-yarder blocked before missing a PAT in the fourth quarter. While it remains to be seen whether Gonzalez will stick with Carolina, the quick turnaround ahead of Thursday's game versus Houston could bode in his favor.

Sep 20, 2021 6:17 AM EST

Takes over as Carolina kicker

Carolina signed Gonzalez off Detroit's practice squad Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Panthers will make a change at kicker following their Week 1 win over the Jets, bringing in Gonzalez to replace Ryan Santoso, who was waived after missing an extra-point attempt in the victory. Though he lost out in a job battle with Austin Seibert in the preseason for the Lions' kicking job, Gonzalez was one of the more experienced options available for Carolina to add to the roster. The 26-year-old has seen NFL action in each of the past five seasons with either the Cardinals or Browns, converting at a 78 percent clip on field-goal tries and a 94.6 percent rate on extra-point attempts for his career.

Sep 14, 2021 11:23 AM EST

Gets practice squad chance

The Lions signed Gonzalez to the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Gonzalez couldn't stick on Detroit's initial 53-man roster, but he will enter the regular season as an emergency option behind Austin Seibert. Through 12 games with the Cardinals in 2020, Gonzalez converted 16 of 22 field-goal attempts and 38 of 39 extra-point attempts.

Sep 1, 2021 1:27 PM EST

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