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Zane Gonzalez

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

Zane Gonzalez News

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

Cut by Lions

The Lions released Gonzalez on Tuesday.

Analysis: Fellow kicker Randy Bullock also was cut loose, leaving Detroit without a kicker for the time being. The team now will look into the free-agent market for a new placekicker.

Aug 31, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Singed to compete with Bullock

The Lions have signed Gonzalez.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the team waived Matthew Wright. Gonzalez is now in line to compete with Randy Bullock, with the Lions in need of a replacement for Matt Prater, who this offseason signed with Arizona, where Gonzalez kicked last year.

Aug 10, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Will be released

Gonzalez (back) will be released from the Cardinals Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While Gonzalez will be cut from the team Friday, there's still a chance he could return to Arizona for the upcoming year. During the 2020 campaign, the kicker converted 16 of 22 field-goal attempts and 38 of 39 extra-point attempts throughout 12 matchups.

Mar 5, 2021 10:58 AM EST

Shifts to IR

The Cardinals placed Gonzalez (back) on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Gonzalez will be forced to miss the final three games of the regular season due to his back injury. Through 12 appearances with the Cardinals this season, Gonzalez converted 16 of 22 field-goal attempts (73 percent) and 38 of 39 extra-point tries. In a corresponding move, Arizona elevated Mike Nugent.

Dec 19, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Not playing Week 15

The Cardinals ruled Gonzalez (back) out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Gonzalez didn't practice in any fashion Wednesday through Friday, so he'll be sidelined for a second straight game while he contends with the back issue. In Gonzalez's stead, Mike Nugent will likely be elevated from the practice squad once again to handle kicking duties for Arizona. Nugent proved to be a capable replacement in the Cardinals' Week 14 win over the Giants, knocking down all four of his field-goal tries and both of his point-after attempts.

Dec 18, 2020 1:03 PM EST

Sits out again Thursday

Gonzalez (back) didn't practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Gonzalez was seen working out on the side during the open portion of the session, setting the stage for his second straight DNP. He'll have one more chance to prove the health of his back this week, but if he's unable to do so the Cardinals are poised to elevate Mike Nugent from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Dec 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST

Not practicing with main group

Gonzalez (back) was spotted working off to the side Thursday and looks set to go down as a non-participant at practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: While it's somewhat encouraging that Gonzalez wasn't absent from practice entirely, the kicker will likely need to join the main group in some fashion Friday to have a shot at playing Sunday against the Eagles. If Gonzalez is sidelined for a second straight week, however, the Cardinals would likely call up Mike Nugent from the practice squad to handle kicking duties.

Dec 17, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Held out of practice Wednesday

Gonzalez (back) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: A late addition to the injury report last week due to a back injury, Gonzalez was ruled out prior to this past Sunday's game versus the Giants. Now that he's absent entirely to begin Week 15 prep, he may be trending toward a second straight DNP. If Gonzalez sits out Sunday against the Eagles, the Cardinals will turn to practice squad member Mike Nugent at kicker.

Dec 16, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Downgraded to out

Gonzalez (back) will not play Sunday against the Giants.

Analysis: It appears as if the back injury that landed Gonzalez on the injury report Friday is more serious than first thought. Mike Nugent was called up from the practice squad in a corresponding move and will look to correct a troublesome kicking situation for the Cardinals.

Dec 12, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Added to injury report

Gonzalez was added to the injury report Friday with a back injury, listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's already been a rough year for Gonzalez, whose six missed field goals this season have included two in the final minutes of close games. In any case, the Cardinals figure to promote Mike Nugent from the practice squad before Sunday if they have real concern about Gonzalez's availability.

Dec 11, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Will remain Arizona's kicker

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Gonzalez is still the Cardinals' kicker, Kevin Zimmerman of reports.

Analysis: Gonzalez missed a 48-yard field goal -- his only attempt of the afternoon -- in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Rams. The fourth-year kicker has made just 16 of 22 field-goal tries (73 percent) this season, including key misses that directly cost the team wins. Nevertheless, Kingsbury is reiterating his confidence in Gonzalez, hoping he can get back to the 2019 form, when he hit 89 percent of field-goal attempts. The Cardinals travel to New York to face the Giants in Week 14.

Dec 7, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Costly misfire Sunday

Gonzalez connected on one of two field-goal attempts and both extra-point tries in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The Cardinals rolled out Gonzalez to try a 45-yard field goal to put the team up three points with 1:47 remaining in regulation. The 25-year-old pushed the kick wide right, providing the Patriots a chance to win the game. As time expired in the fourth quarter, Patriots kicker Nick Folk drilled a 50-yarder to hand the Cardinals another heartbreaking defeat. This is the second time in four weeks that Gonzalez missed a key field-goal try, as he left a potentially game-tying 49-yard attempt short in the Week 9 loss to the Dolphins as well. He's now 16-for-21 on field goals this year, and he's connected on just 10 of 15 tries from beyond 40 yards. Job security is a legitimate question right now.

Nov 30, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Scores three points Week 11

Gonzalez hit all three extra points during Thursday's 28-21 defeat in Seattle.

Analysis: Just four days removed from putting up a season-best 14 points -- four field goals, two PATs -- Gonzalez matched a campaign low with just three points Week 11. The performance pushed him down to 17th among placekickers in points per game with 7.7, the result of ranking 13th in field-goal attempts (19) on the year. Fortunately, the offense has provided the second-most point-after tries (33) in the NFL, helping to provide some utility.

Nov 21, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Nails all six kicks Week 10

Gonzalez made all four field-goal attempts and both point-after tries during Sunday's 32-30 win against the Bills.

Analysis: With 14 points during this Week 10 epic, Gonzalez moved into 13th place in total points (74) and 12th in points per game (8.2) among NFL kickers this season. The latter mark is ahead of his 7.9 points per game from a season ago, placing him on the fringe of weekly relevance as a complement to the league's seventh-best scoring attack (29.6 points per game) and the No. 1 offense overall (425.4 yards per game).

Nov 16, 2020 6:41 PM EST

Misses potential game-tying kick

Gonzalez made one of two field-goal attempts and all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 37 yards on his first field goal, but didn't have enough leg on a 49-yard attempt to tie the game just after the two-minute warning. That costly miss came after a turbulent outing in Arizona's game prior, so Gonzalez will undoubtedly aim for more consistency ahead of this Sunday's visit from the Bills.

Nov 10, 2020 5:25 PM EST

Knocks home game-winning kick

Gonzalez made three of four field goals and all four extra points in Sunday's 37-34 overtime win against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Gonzalez was busy Sunday night, but he made a pair of clutch kicks that could be defining moments for Arizona's season. The fourth-year kicker connected on a 44-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. He had a chance to win the game with 2:47 remaining in the extra frame, but he sent a 41-yarder wide left, setting the Seahawks up with good field position. However, Russell Wilson tossed an interception, and Gonzalez was afforded a chance to make up for his misfire. He came through, knocking home a 48-yarder to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season and provide the Cardinals a competitive 5-2 record. Gonzalez will get a week off before facing the Dolphins in Week 9.

Oct 26, 2020 10:47 AM EST

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