Zane Gonzalez

Zane Gonzalez

Place Kicker #5
ADP:Round: 15, Pick: 5
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 202 lb.
College:Arizona State
Born:May 7, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 7 (224)
Draft Team:CLE

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

March 5, 2021 10:58 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 19, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 18, 2020 1:03 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 17, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 16, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 12, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 11, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

December 7, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

November 30, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

November 21, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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).

November 16, 2020 6:41 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

November 10, 2020 5:25 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: 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.

October 26, 2020 10:47 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Nails lone field goal

Gonzalez connected on his one field-goal attempt and added five extra points in Monday's 38-10 win against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Two weeks in a row Gonzalez has yet to miss an attempt. The Cardinals' offense was incredibly efficient, scoring touchdowns on all but one of their attempts inside the opponent's 30-yard line. Expect a similar type of performance against the Seahawks' defense that is currently allowing 27 points per game.

October 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Hits all four kicks Sunday

Gonzalez hit his sole field-goal attempt and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 30-10 road win versus the Jets.

Analysis: After not getting a FGA in Week 4, Gonzalez nailed a 47-yarder in the second quarter Sunday, bringing him to 4-for-6 from beyond 40 yards on the season. He's also attempted exactly three PATs in all five games, missing one along the way. Gonzalez is averaging just 6.4 points per contest, though, which ranks in a tie for 25th among the league's placekickers.

October 13, 2020 12:10 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Limited chances Sunday

Gonzalez did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Gonzalez didn't get many opportunities to score, but he at least converted each effort when called upon. Although he's managed just eight points over the past two weeks, his matchup against a poor Jets team this Sunday could offer more chances to make an impact.

October 6, 2020 9:07 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Misses extra point

Gonzalez made his only field-goal attempt but missed one of his three extra-point tries in Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Gonzalez converted from 54 yards on his lone field goal but kicked wide right on his second PAT attempt, giving him a couple misses from that distance through just three games this season. Although Gonzalez sports a respectable 23 points to date, he'll want to cut out his simple mistakes and stop costing his team easy points going forward.

September 29, 2020 10:12 AM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Hits all six kicks Week 2

Gonzalez nailed all three field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 30-15 victory against Washington.

Analysis: Gonzalez was busy from the outset of the contest, hitting two extra points in the first quarter and not looking back. Along the way, he made field goals from 49, 33 and 28 yards Week 2. With 18 points through two games, Gonzalez sits in a tie for eighth among kickers in scoring and is a good bet to remain in the top 10, as he's attached to a Cardinals offense led by Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and Kenyan Drake.

September 22, 2020 5:14 PM EST

Zane Gonzalez: Scores six points in opener

Gonzalez made one of three field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 24-20 victory at San Francisco.

Analysis: During his breakout 2019 campaign, Gonzalez missed just four field goals in 16 games, three of them from 40-49 yards. In Week 1 of this year, his misfires came from 52 and 49 yards, while his sole success was a 56-yarder. Gonzalez will look to get back on track this coming Sunday against the Washington Football Team, who's stingy defense could force the Cardinals into more FGAs than PATs.

September 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

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