The NFL regular season is right around the corner and with that, KC Kingdom is providing you with a player profile up until week one kick off. Today’s featured player is kicker Ryan Succop.
How did Ryan Succop end up as a Kansas City Chief?
Ryan Succop kicked at South Carolina for four seasons before entering the draft in 2009. He was selected by the Chiefs with the final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, deeming him that year’s Mr. Irrevelant. Succop might have been given that nickname after the draft, but he hasn’t been irrelevant for Kansas City during his five year career.
Fun fact: Succop is the only player remaining from the Chiefs’ 2009 draft class who is still in Kansas City.
Succop went 22 of 28 on field goal attempts and converted all of his extra point attempts. The missed kick that stands out in most Chiefs’ fans minds was when he missed a 41-yard field goal, which would have given Kansas City’s back-ups a win against San Diego (and kept the Chargers out of the playoffs).
Obviously there was some controversy with the ball not being placed where it should have been (thanks referees), but still… It’s a tough pill to swallow.
Succop also took to punting duties in the game against the Giants early on in the season when Dustin Colquitt was injured. His lone punt went for 29 yards.
I think I’m in the minority here, but I’m still not sold on Ryan Succop as the Chiefs’ “franchise kicker”. Yes, I get that kickers are going to miss occasionally, but I never feel confident when Succop goes out to get three points for the Chiefs.
Kansas City signed Tulane kicker Cairo Santos during free agency this year, and I’m pretty excited about that. Santos didn’t miss a single field goal attempt in 2012 and went 26 for 27 on point after attempts (his only miss was blocked). He also made a Tulane school record attempt of 57 yards. I think this kid will be great competition for Succop and should give him a run for his money.
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