The Indianapolis Colts officially have a new kicker.

Indianapolis announced on September 17 that the team promoted kicker Chase McLaughlin from the practice squad to the active roster for the Week 2 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts signed McLaughlin, along with rookie Lucas Havrisik, to their practice squad after waiving Rodrigo Blankenship on September 13. Indianapolis reportedly signed both McLaughlin and Havrisik with the intend of 1 of them winning the job in practice during the week.

The #Colts are signing kickers Chase McLaughlin and Lucas Havrisik to the practice squad, per sources.

So after cutting Rodrigo Blankenship, Indy adds two guys it knows — McLaughlin was there in 2019, Havrisik in rookie camp — and plan to elevate one for Sunday at Jacksonville

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 13, 2022

Apparently, the winner of that competition was McLaughlin.

In addition to McLaughlin, the Colts also elevated veteran wide receiver Keke Coutee from the practice squad. Coutee will try and help replace receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, both of whom were ruled out for Week 2.

McLaughlin Is Colts Choice for Week 2

McLaughlin’s promotion doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the Colts kicker going forward. But he will have the first opportunity to be Blankenship’s replacement.

Week 2 will be McLaughlin’s 32nd NFL game. He owns a 75.5% field goal percentage on 49 career attempts. McLaughlin also has a pretty strong leg for kickoffs. About 45% of his career kickoff attempts have gone for touchbacks.

The Colts released Blankenship for struggling on field goals and kickoffs in Week 1. He missed a potential game-winning, 42-yard field goal in overtime and hit his last 2 kickoffs of the afternoon out of bounds for significant penalties.

In his last 8 games with the Colts, Blankeneship made only 69.6% of his field goals. Indianapolis is obviously hoping McLaughlin can be a big improvement on that percentage.

McLaughlin will certainly bring experience to the field in Jacksonville. He’s kicked for 6 different NFL teams, including the Colts in 2019. He went 5-for-6 in 4 games for the Colts at the end of that season.

Ironically, McLaughlin has also kicked for the Jaguars. He went 4-for-5 in 3 games with Jacksonville during 2020.

Indianapolis’ other option at kicker, Havrisik, …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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