Looks like Medlock isn't coming back...

NFL.com reporting that Carolina cut Olindo Mare, their kicker from last year...

Still need a bigger leg for kickoffs, though we covered last week pretty well.

Best of luck to him for the money. :thup:

Medlock would have been welcomed back, but Congi is doing well as is Bartells.

The only weak aspect is that Congi's leg is not the same as Medlock when it comes to kick offs so that it gives other teams instant yardage. Having said that, I wonder if they have working on Bartell's kicking off. Firstly, he has a thundering leg so that the power is there. Secondly, kick offs do not have the timing and technique that a field goal would, so it is easier for someone with a powerful leg to learn the technique. I remember that the Cats had linemen doing the kick offs years ago when their place kicker just did not have the strong leg. If I recall correctly, didn't Gene Ceppetelli (Oline) and Billy Ray Locklin (Dline) kick off from time to time. Sask had big Jack Abendshan doing it. With Ozzie around, I could see Bartells picking up the kick off technique and being able to boom it.

TSN article:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers are going young at kicker.

Carolina released 15-year NFL veteran kicker Olindo Mare on Monday just one year after giving him a four-year, $12 million contract. They also parted ways with punter Nick Harris, an 11-year NFL veteran who was signed as a free agent earlier this off-season.
Justin Medlock, a journeyman kicker who last played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, appears to have won the kicking job.[/b]


I'm quite happy for Medlock, but at the same time feel like weeping. :cry:

What's funny is that when I was looking at how Medlock was doing the one criticism I found among Panther observers was that he wasn't getting good distance on kickoffs. That made no sense to me, but then the Panthers were on TV last night and the one kickoff I saw from Medlock didn't make it to the end zone. Considering the league moved the kickoff line to the 35 last year, I was stunned that Medlock didn't just boot it through the uprights.

But I'm glad he made the team, even more so because I drafted him last weekend for my fantasy team. Had to take him, just had to.

There have been instances of kickers to "let up" on kick-offs in order for the coverage teams to get in some work at game speed. With virtually all kick-offs ending up as touchbacks, the No Fun League might as well hand the receiving team the ball on the 20-yd-line after every score...

[url=http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/08/27/panthers-release-olindo-mare-stick-with-former-argo-ticat-justin-medlock/]http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/08/ ... n-medlock/[/url]

Seems like he's finally made it. Congrats to him.

Someone trying to start a "new thread on this subject" Why?

That was my fault. the article I found was dated as today, so I only checked threads that were created today. Don't humiliated me for it.

Here's another article that includes some quotes from Medlock.


Good for Medlock. I hope he has a long and prosperous career down there.

Just Medlock has been released by the Carolina Panthers.

[url=http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/20/panthers-cut-justin-medlock-sign-graham-gano/]http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... aham-gano/[/url]
Medlock made all seven of his tries through Week Eight, including a 5-for-5 day in a 23-22 loss to the Bears, but he’s missed a field goal in each of the team’s last three games.

Jeez short leash eh? Thus is the world of a kicker in the NFL I suppose. Just ask Billy Cundiff.

Too bad for Justin. However, 2/3 of a season in the NFL as a regular, even at minimum, would be a prosperous career from my perspective. Rooks make $390 k.

If I were Justin, I would be hanging around down there for another shot.

Too bad for medlock, but i think he"ll catch on with some team.
However, too bad we can't just release players for too many fumbles,
not enough interceptions, too many missed tackles, not enough sacks,
too many penalties, etc. it just never happens! That would send a message
of what type of play is acceptable!!!

I love this contradictory quote from this article:

“Medlock beat out Olindo Mare in training camp to win the kicking job despite having attempted only two field goals in his career. He made a living kicking in the Canadian Football League before landing the starting job with the Panthers.”

[url=http://bigstory.ap.org/article/panthers-replace-k-medlock-gano]http://bigstory.ap.org/article/panthers ... dlock-gano[/url]

They make it sound like Medlock was some Wendy’s Kick For A Million contestant by only attempting 2 field goals and totally discounting the value of his CFL accomplishments.

If this happened a year from now he would be a good signing for the new Ottawa team.

He'll get picked up by another NFL team. Once you have kicked in the NFL, you usually have a job if you wait. Someone else will screw up.