Just five days from kickoff and the Tennessee Titans will be calling upon a new addition to do their kicking off.
Tennessee is placing kicker Ryan Succop on injured reserve and signing veteran Cairo Santos, the team announced Wednesday.
Succop passed his physical on Aug. 19 and was taken off the physically unable to perform list, but his status has clearly taken a negative turn. Succop, arguably the most successful Mr. Irrelevant, reportedly underwent offseason knee surgery.
Having begun his career in Kansas City in 2009, the 32-year-old booter has played the last five seasons in Tennessee and is on the heels of a 2018 campaign in which he converted 26 of 30 field goals (86.7 percent) and 28 of 31 extra points (90.3 percent). Meanwhile, the Titans will turn to the foot of Santos, a five-year veteran who also got his start in Kansas City. In 2018, Santos spent time with the Rams and Buccaneers, converting 14 of 18 FGs (77.8 percent) with 22 of 23 PATs made (95.7 percent).
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“I think we’ll be ready to rock and roll by the time I get to Cleveland [for the regular-season opener], for sure,” Succop said on Aug. 21. “I think the progress that I’ve made in the last three or four weeks has really taken off.”
Tennessee signed Succop to a five-year, $20 million contract extension in February 2018. He posted an 86.7 field goal percentage last season.
“I reached out to Ryan, that is someone who I admire and respect. I told him I’m only here to make every single kick and worry about one game at a time,” said Cairo Santos.
“I’ve been used to it the last couple of years. You know I stepped in with the Bears, Rams and then Bucs mid-season, so it’s not really something you think about. I go about my business and I know what the expectations are of me, so I just focus on getting that done,” added Santos.
There are new things that come along with kicking for a new team, including how Santos preferences on the hold-down. “I don’t think it will be an issue at all we’ve had a chance to talk (Beau Brinkley and Brett Kern), and how I like my holds leaned is very similar if not the same as Ryan’s so there shouldn’t be any adjustments there,” said Santos.
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