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ON THE RISE

STEPHENGOSTKOWSKI Patriots
New England's retooled offense will help keep the second-year kicker on aVinatieri-like pace.

ROBBIE GOULDBears
Grossman's offense tends to stall in the red zone, which is good news forGould.

JEFF WILKINSRams
St. Louis will be better than .500, and Wilkins, one of the NFL's mostaccurate, will benefit.

ON THE DECLINE

JASON ELAMBroncos
The 15-year veteran is not getting the high number of attempts he used to.

JEFF REEDSteelers
He's only as productive as Big Ben's attack, which didn't click in '06. Thatdoesn't explain Reed's worst kicking pct. in three seasons.

LAWRENCE TYNESGiants
RB Brandon Jacobs, a shoo-in near the goal line, will limit Tynes'schances.

SLEEPERS

ROB BIRONASTitans
True, he had only 33 points through eight games last year--but he had 64 in thelast eight.

OLINDO MARESaints
Two things he never had in Miami: an explosive offense and--hallelujah!--adome.

JUSTIN MEDLOCKChiefs
Larry Johnson and no competition in camp make the newcomer from UCLA the RookieKicker Most Likely to Succeed.

SI PLAYERRANKINGS FOR 2007 with 2006 stats

 

 

POINTS

POINTS/GAME

FG PCT.

XP PCT.

40-49 FGS

50-PLUS FGS

LONGEST FG

BYE WEEK

1.

Nate Kaeding, Chargers

136

8.5

89.7

100.0

7/9

1/1

54

7

2.

Adam Vinatieri, Colts

113

8.69

89.3

100.0

9/10

0/1

48

6

3.

Robbie Gould, Bears

143

8.94

88.9

100.0

12/14

0/0

49

9

4.

Neil Rackers, Cardinals

116

7.25

75.7

100.0

7/10

1/7

50

8

5.

Shayne Graham, Bengals

115

7.19

83.3

95.23

6/8

2/4

51

5

6.

Jeff Wilkins, Rams

131

8.19

86.5

100.0

11/16

3/3

53

9

7.

Josh Brown, Seahawks

111

6.94

80.6

100.0

7/9

3/5

54

8

8.

Matt Stover, Ravens

121

7.56

93.3

100.0

6/7

1/1

52

8

9.

David Akers, Eagles

102

6.38

78.3

100.0

6/8

0/0

47

5

10.

Olindo Mare, Saints

100

6.25

72.2

100.0

9/12

1/6

52

4

11.

Joe Nedney, 49ers

116

7.25

82.9

100.0

7/9

1/2

51

6

12.

John Kasay, Panthers

100

6.25

88.9

100.0

8/8

4/7

54

7

13.

Josh Scobee, Jaguars

119

7.44

81.2

100.0

14/18

0/1

48

4

14.

Stephen Gostkowski, Pats

103

6.44

76.9

97.7

2/4

1/1

52

10

15.

Jason Elam, Broncos

115

7.19

93.1

100.0

6/8

1/1

51

6

16.

Jason Hanson, Lions

117

7.31

87.9

100.0

7/8

3/6

53

6

17.

Mike Nugent, Jets

106

6.63

88.9

97.1

4/4

2/3

54

10

18.

Rob Bironas, Titans

98

6.13

78.6

100.0

4/8

1/2

60

4

19.

Jeff Reed, Steelers

101

6.31

74.1

100.0

4/7

1/1

50

6

20.

Jay Feely, Dolphins

107

6.69

85.2

100.0

6/8

0/1

47

9

21.

Rian Lindell, Bills

102

6.38

92.0

100.0

8/10

2/2

53

6

22.

Lawrence Tynes, Giants

107

6.69

77.4

97.2

7/10

2/4

53

9

23.

Justin Medlock, Chiefs +

113

8.69

87.5

100.0

5/8

2/2

51

8

24.

Phil Dawson, Browns

88

5.tk

72.4

100.0

6/12

1/1

51

7

25.

Ryan Longwell, Vikings

90

5.63

84.0

96.4

4/6

0/2

49

5

26.

Martin Gramatica, Cowboys

44

5.5

77.8

100.0

3/5

0/0

48

8

27.

Matt Bryant, Buccaneers

73

4.56

77.3

95.7

5/9

1/2

62

10

28.

Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

70

4.38

72.0

100.0

3/3

3/7

55

5

29.

Dave Rayner, Packers

109

6.81

74.3

96.9

8/11

1/3

54

7

30.

Kris Brown, Texans

83

5.19

76.0

96.3

11/13

0/2

49

10

31.

Shaun Suisham, Redskins

41

5.13

81.8

100.0

1/1

1/2

52

4

32.

Mike Vanderjagt, free agent

72

7.2

72.2

100.0

1/4

1/1

50


+ College stats

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