1. 2021 NFL Highlights: A Look Back

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Posted September 01, 2022 | Bret

After a 2021 season where 69 Kohl's athletes saw game action in the NFL regular season, 2022 has another great group of Kohl's kickers, punters, and snappers ready to take the field.

Let's take a look back at a few notable performances from Kohl's NFL athletes in 2021:

With the help of Evan McPherson (Bengals), the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals were able to make a run at the Super Bowl. McPherson went 14-of-14 on field goals during the postseason including game-winners in both the divisional playoffs and the AFC championship. As a rookie, he tied Adam Vinatieri's NFL record for most postseason field goals.

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Daniel Carlson and AJ Cole at the Kohl's National Training Center

Daniel Carlson (Raiders) notably knocked through a total of 40 field goals for the Raiders. This would be the most field goals made in one season for a kicker in over a decade since David Akers made 44 in 2011. Chris Boswell (Steelers) posted another 90% year, making him the only kicker in the NFL to have three consecutive years making 90% or more of his field goal attempts.

Perhaps the most unforgettable performance of the 2022 season was Justin Tucker's (Ravens) NFL record-breaking 66-yard field goal. To make things even more exciting, the field goal came as a game-winner while time expired against the Detroit Lions.

Harrison Butker (Cheifs) has solidified himself as the 2nd most accurate kicker in NFL history (second to Tucker). He also knocked through a pair of 58-yarders in one game last year, making him the only kicker to make a pair of field goals from 58 or longer.

The Eagles' Jake Elliott (Eagles) is coming off of a career year after making 90.9% of his field goals while going lights-out on the road against Philadelphia's opponents. He also made every extra point.

With a 50-yard average on 64 punts, AJ Cole (Raiders) topped the stats board across the NFL. He placed 28 of those inside the 20-yard-line. Detroit's Jack Fox (Lions) trailed Cole as next in line, putting up 49.2 yards. That marks the second year in a row Fox has landed in the top 3 in punt average.

Along with Cole and Fox, Tress Way (Commanders), Blake Gillikin (Saints), Logan Cooke (Jags), Jake Bailey (Patriots), and Thomas Morstead (Falcons/Jets) all landed themselves in the top 10 for punt average in 2022. Logan Cooke, Johnny Hekker, AJ Cole, Jack Fox, Thomas Morstead and Blake Gillikin also cracked the top 10 for NET punt.

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NFL Veteran Thomas Morstead

In his 13th season as an NFL punter and first time not being in a Saints uniform, Thomas Morstead placed 7th in the league in NET punt and top 10 in gross punt average while playing both with the Falcons and Jets in the same season. This marks the 11th year in a row Morstead has finished in the top 10 for NET punt.

Long snapper Camaron Cheeseman (Commanders) earned the starting job for the Washington Commanders after being taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. Undrafted free agent Ross Matiscik (Jaguars) also earned a starting job with the Jaguars and hasn't looked back.

With more highlights happening than listed above, check out the full list of Kohl's athletes who saw game action in the 2021 NFL regular season and how involved they have been with the Kohl's program...

Name

Team

Pos

2021 NFL Starter

# of Kohl's Sessions

1

Harrison Butker

Chiefs

K

Starter

15+

2

Dustin Hopkins

Chargers

K

Starter

15+

3

Jake Elliott

Eagles

K

Starter

6-15

4

Thomas Morstead

Falcons

P

Starter

15+

5

Daniel Carlson

Raiders

K

Starter

15+

6

AJ Cole

Raiders

P

Starter

15+

7

Riley Dixon

Giants

P

Starter

15+

8

Jack Fox

Lions

P

Starter

6-15

9

Evan McPherson

Bengals

K

Starter

15+

10

Bradley Pinion

Buccaneers

P

Starter

15+

11

Pat O'Donnell

Bears

P

Starter

15+

12

Joe Cardona

Patriots

LS

Starter

1

13

Matt Haack

Bills

P

Starter

15+

14

Zane Gonzalez

Lions

K

Starter

15+

15

Ross Matiscik

Jaguars

LS

Starter

2-5

16

JK Scott

Jaguars

P

Starter

2-5

17

Braden Mann

Jets

P

Starter

15+

18

Hunter Bradley

Packers

LS

Starter

15+

19

Ty Long

Chargers

K

Starter

6-15

20

Chris Boswell

Steelers

K

Starter

2-5

21

Cairo Santos

Bears

K

Starter

15+

22

Jake Bailey

Patriots

P

Starter

2-5

23

Brandon McManus

Broncos

K

Starter

2-5

24

Pat Scales

Bears

LS

Starter

1

25

Zach Wood

Saints

LS

Starter

6-15

26

Thomas Hennessy

Jets

LS

Starter

2-5

27

Reid Ferguson

Bills

LS

Starter

2-5

28

Logan Cooke

Jaguars

P

Starter

2-5

29

Trent Sieg

Raiders

LS

Starter

2-5

30

Justin Tucker

Ravens

K

Starter

1

31

Tress Way

Washington

P

Starter

1

32

Rick Lovato

Eagles

LS

Starter

1

33

Joey Slye

Washington

K

Starter

2-5

34

Randy Bullock

Lions

K

Starter

2-5

35

Ryan Santoso

Panthers

P

Starter

6-15

36

Tyler Ott

Seahawks

LS

Starter

2-5

37

Joseph Charlton

Panthers

P

Starter

1

38

Tommy Townsend

Chiefs

P

Starter

15+

39

Younghoe Koo

Falcons

K

Starter

1

40

Graham Gano

Giants

K

Starter

1

41

Rodrigo Blankenship

Colts

K

Starter

1

42

Austin Seibert

Lions

K

Starter

15+

43

Johnny Hekker

Rams

P

Starter

2-5

44

Chase McLaughlin

Browns

K

Starter

6-15

45

Camaron Cheeseman

Washington

LS

Starter

6-15

46

Tabor Pepper

49ers

LS

Starter

1

47

Greg Joseph

Vikings

K

Starter

2-5

48

Corliss Waitman

Pittsburgh

P

Starter

2-5

49

Pressley Harvin III

Pittsburgh

P

Starter

6-15

50

Matt Overton

Chargers

LS

Starter

2-5

51

Cameron Nizialek

Falcons

P

Starter

6-15

52

Brian Johnson

Saints

K

Starter

1

53

Blake Gillikin

Saints

P

Starter

6-15

54

Lirim Hajrullahu

Cowboys

K

Starter

1

55

Johnny Townsend

Titans

P

Starter

15+

56

Eddy Pineiro

Jets

K

Starter

2-5

57

Brett Maher

Saints

K

Starter

1

58

Tristan Vizcaino

Chargers

K

Starter

1

59

Matt Ammendola

Jets

K

Starter

2-5

60

Dominik Eberle

Texans

K

Starter

1

61

Chris Naggar

Browns

K

Starter

2-5

62

Steven Wirtel

Packers

LS

Starter

2-5

63

Ryan Winslow

Cardinals

P

Starter

2-5

64

Matt Wright

Jaguars

K

Starter

6-15

65

Scott Daly

Lions

LS

Starter

1

66

Chris Blewitt

Bears

K

Starter

2-5

67

Elliott Fry

Chiefs

K

Starter

2-5

68

Riley Patterson

Lions

K

Starter

15+

69

Alex Kessman

Jets

K

Starter

1

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2021 NFL Highlights: A Look Back

After a 2021 season where 69 Kohl's athletes saw game action in the NFL regular season, 2022 has another great group of Kohl's kickers, punters, and snappers ready to take the field.

Let's take a look back at a few notable performances from Kohl's NFL athletes in 2021:

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