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    Huston a solution?
    Who will replace Adam Vinatieri?

    It’s one of the more prevalent questions for the New England Patriots at this time. Next week, special teams coach Brad Seely is scheduled to take an up-close look at a potential candidate -- Ohio State’s Josh Huston.

    “I’m excited about the opportunity to work out for Coach Seely,†Huston said from Ohio State’s campus. “Having the chance to possibly kick for the Patriots would be a dream come true.â€

    Huston, who the Pro Football Weekly draft guide rates as the top college kicker eligible to be drafted, indicated the workout is scheduled for Monday, April 10.

    While Patriots coaches and scouts will ultimately work out hundreds of prospects leading up to the NFL draft (April 29-30), it’s difficult to put a quantifiable value on what a workout actually means. In one respect, it could eliminate a player from the team’s draft board. In another respect, it could enhance a player’s stock.

    Perhaps the best way to judge a workout is that the Patriots still retain some level of interest in the player, and are seeking more information.

    In Huston, they will be looking at a player who might be uniquely qualified to fill the big shoes left by Vinatieri’s departure. In 2005, Huston replaced one of the most popular kickers in Ohio State history, Mike Nugent (Jets, 2nd round in 2005). He said there was rarely a day that went by without being asked “How will you fill Mike’s shoes?â€

    Huston was 22-of-28 on field goals in 2005, going 17-of-18 inside 40 yards. He was 5-of-10 outside of 40 yards and had two field goals blocked. Of his 70 kickoffs, 49 went for touchbacks, an indication that he has a powerful leg (note: college kickoffs are from the 40-yard line, not the 30 like the NFL).

    “I pride myself on having a decent-sized leg,†said Huston, who red-shirted in 2000 and waited behind Nugent before becoming the Buckeyes’ full-time kicker in 2005. “In the end, I think any kicker would want to be known as Adam is known, as a clutch kicker, that when the game is on the line you know it’s good. The percentages are nice, but I think everyone wants to be that clutch guy.â€

    Huston said it would be a bonus to be drafted, but he also understands being a kicker is different than most other positions. Where there are 160 starting jobs available for offensive linemen, there are only 32 for kickers.

    When the 2005 season ended, Huston recalled meeting with his agent, Jeffrey Chilcoat, to talk about NFL teams that might be seeking kickers.

    “We had a list of all teams and a grade on what their needs would be -- ‘A’ would mean they need a kicker next year, ‘F’ would be that they have a guy, a veteran free agent,†Huston said. “I remember when he had Indianapolis and New England as an ‘A’ that I was surprised. Both teams had two of the best kickers in the game. But that’s when Jeff told me they were both free agents and they might not be back with their teams. I was surprised that it happened that way.â€

    Huston, who used to caddy for current Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel at a Columbus-area golf course, said he’s a big Red Sox fan. Asked to envision what it might be like trying to fill the role held by Adam Vinatieri the last 10 seasons, he compared it to his experience at Ohio State.

    “Mike was one of the best kickers to ever come out of Ohio State,†he said. “Considering Adam is one of the top kickers ever, it would be a lot of pressure. But I also think it would be a lot of fun.â€

    (Possible rookie replacements for Adam Vinatieri will be profiled in this space in the weeks leading up to the draft.)
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    Curious..where is this from???
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    Sounds like he might be worth a 6th or 7th. 50% from 40+ though ....
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    Other than the clutch kicks, the consistency inside 40 is what we might miss without Vinatieri. I'm hoping for a guy who can reliably kick inside 44 yards like Vinatieri. Outside 44 and on kickoffs it won't be difficult to replace him.
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    Holy Crap! I think this qualifies as news!
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    Vinatieri was 50% from 40+ last year, 4 for 8.
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    From NFL Draft Countdown:

    Strengths:
    Has a very strong leg...Has range up to and beyond 50-yards...Has experience in bad weather...Versatile and can also punt...Should be a excellent kick-off guy.

    Weaknesses:
    Has only one year of major experience...Very inconsistant and only hit 66% (25 of 38) for his career on field goals...Missed on a lot of his long attempts...Durability.

    Notes:
    Missed parts of 2000 and 2002 campaigns due to injuries and was granted a rare sixth year of eligibilty by the NCAA...Took over for the great Mike Nugent in 2005.
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    Concerns..Durability...coming into the league with that a LOT different than id he wa sin his 30s..Also inconsistent..THAT is a bad word!! If anything, that might be more a concern..interesting that he is a bad weather kicker.
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    In his lone season as a starter last year his longest FG was 43. His attempts above that range may have distance but sail wide. He missed all of his freshman year (2001) with a knee injury, but perhaps more troubling all of his junior year (2003) with a hip injury. By then Nugent owned the job and this kid was a backup who handled some KO, some PA and some punting in 2004.

    While he may have kicked in bad weather, you never see college kickers that are truly tested as cold weather kickers because of the schedule - they're done except for bowl games in warm climes by early December. Hard to quantify kickoffs with all those touchbacks as well because of the 10 yard college difference. At that distance they should almost all be touchbacks.

    He's projected as a 6th-7th rounder or UDFA. While I would assume we will have fairly open tryouts in camp that may include more than one college kicker, I can't imagine BB won't have a veteran in as well. Yeesh....
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    It will probably take a bit more than that.
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    Ugh...hope they go a different direction. Too many negs.
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    Just a couple of points about Huston.

    College kickoffs are from the 35 yard line not the 40.

    I'd say 95% of the time they kicked deep it was a touchback ( the Buckeyes like to do a lot of pooch kicks).

    Also most of his kickoffs were 8-15 yards beyond the goaline.

    Not only do his kickoffs have distance, but his hang time is also great.

    Add all of this up and you have a field position weapon better than any the Patriots have ever seen.
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    Obviously, being a Michigan guy, I'm a little biased against the Ohio State kicker. But, he never really was a "feared" kicker (well, as feared as a kicker can be) like Nugent, or Kaeding from Iowa. All I remember when I think of Huston was the OSU-Texas game. OSU was up and lined up for a FG to pretty much put it away in the fourth. He missed by about a foot. It was a long FG, to be sure (I think about 50 yards), but that's what I remember about him. He was good, but not really special. I'd prefer we get someone with NFL success.
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    What about injuries..or his consistency??? Both are concerns...especially the former. A kicker who is injured and seems to be more so is not the best.

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