After struggles from Zane Gonzalez in a Week 2 loss, the Cleveland Browns have signed rookie kicker Greg Joseph after a tryout Monday, but who is this new kicker?
It all fell apart on Sunday and much of the blame has been placed on the shoulders of Cleveland Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez. That’s how it goes when you miss two field goals and two extra points.
Since the performance, it’s become apparent that the team will move on from Gonzalez. It could be done in an injury settlement as word broke Monday that he would be having an MRI due to a groin injury.
As for his replacement, the Browns were reportedly looking at some recognizable names like Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos — who spent time in Kansas City with general manager John Dorsey.
In the end, they went a different route and signed rookie Greg Joseph who was with the Miami Dolphins this preseason.
The first reaction for most will be to ask who this kicker is. Well, there’s not much out there on the young kicker, but we can tell you what we know about the former Florida Atlantic player.
Looking at his FAU stats won’t be encouraging to fans still trying to get over the game on Sunday. Joseph hit on just 57 of his 82 attempts which was just 69.5 percent. He was good on extra points 97.1 percent of the time hitting 165 out of 170 tries.
The preseason was a different story. Joseph was 3-of-3 kicking and hit from 48 yards in the first game, 53 in the second and after not attempting any in the third, he was 2-of-2 on extra points and hit his only attempt from 33 yards in the finale.
Joseph didn’t make the final cut but was confident he belonged in the NFL, which was discussed in a piece by Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.
Cleveland hosts the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football and all eyes will be on Joseph. Good thing kickers are used to pressure.