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The Brazilian Boot is just 5-foot 8-inches and 23 years old. The Kansas City Chiefs signed Cairo Santos as an Undrafted Free Agent after the 2014 NFL Draft, and he kicked in all 16 games last season.
Santos won the job last summer, beating out Ryan Succop, and proved he has some staying power at the NFL level. He was middle-of-the-pack in FG-percentage at 83.3% last season, but he was 23-for-27 inside 50 yards and essentially walked off the San Diego Chargers with a 48-yard dart in Qualcomm Stadium. (Source of link: NFL.com)
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"“Cairo has put on a little weight and strength,” Reid said. “”That was one of his things coming in this year. Last year he looked like he could ride American Pharoah, is it called? Now he’s bulked up a little bit. He’s kind of proud of it too. He’s tightened up his sleeves and he has the guns hanging out. He’s doing good. Looks a little bit stronger than last year.”"
Santos is an accurate kicker and becomes even more valuable with the extra-point moving to a 33-yard attempt. Plus, anyone who wears Louie “The Legend” Aguiar’s No. 5 has some serious cojones.
At Tulane University, he made 26 consecutive field goals, the second longest streak in NCAA history, and won the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award in 2012. His 21-for-21 field goal mark made him just the second kicker in NCAA history to post a perfect season of 20 or more field goals.
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