Kickers & Special Teams (8)

Note that over the last fifteen years, there was only one Place Kicker and Punter and no Special Teamers, thus we elected not to feature that average and input based on our elective opinion.

Modern Positional Average

Note that over the last fifteen years, there was only one Place Kicker and Punter and no Special Teamers, thus we elected not to feature that average and input based on our elective opinion.

Stats

  • Games 0
  • Approximate Value 0
  • AV/G 0
  • Pro Bowls 0
  • First Team All-Pros 0
Vinatieri has the clutch kick in the snow that ushered in the Patriots dynasty and four Super Bowl Rings.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn’t love special teams’ players, but this one is special.  He is getting in; it is just a question of which ballot.  The question now is will he play in 2020 after coming off the worst year of his career.  At age 47, he doesn’t have anything left to prove, but he has yet to officially retire, so he remains on this list for now.  Notably, Vinatieri was also named to the 100th Anniversary Team.

Stats

  • Games 355 (+355)
  • Approximate Value 78 (+78)
  • AV/G 0.2137 (+0.2137)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+3)
  • Field Goals Made 599 (+599)
  • Field Goals Attempted 715 (+715)
Following a future Hall of Famer (Vinatieri) isn’t easy but Gostkowski has filled those shoes admirably with four Pro Bowls and three Super Bowls of his own.  Gostkowski, who was named to the All-Decade Team, signed with the Titans as the Patriots did not resign him.  As of right now, he is a He is at present 15th all-time in Field Goals and 3rd all-time in Field Goal Percentage.

Stats

  • Games 204 (+204)
  • Approximate Value 47 (+47)
  • AV/G 0.2304 (+0.2304)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (+4)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (+1)
  • Field Goals Made 374 (+374)
  • Field Goals Attempted 428 (+428)
Tucker can make a claim right now as the best Kicker in the NFL, but Place Kickers always face an uphill climb for the Hall.  That being said, Tucker was named the 2010s All-Decade Team Kicker, and his four First Team All-Pros could be added to.  With a powerful Ravens team, he might get a chance to use his leg to gain a second Super Bowl.

Stats

  • Games 128 (+128)
  • Approximate Value 41 (+41)
  • AV/G 0.3203 (+0.3203)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+4)
  • Field Goals Made 265 (+265)
  • Field Goals Attempted 292 (+292)
Slater is the only non-kicking Special Teamer on this list and we all know how difficult a path that means for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He is an eight-time Pro Bowl Selection and three-time Super Bowl Champion so this means something, or it could mean that he is the next Steve Tasker.

Stats

  • Games 157 (+157)
  • Approximate Value 4 (+4)
  • AV/G 0.0255 (+0.0255)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (+7)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (+1)
Punters face a long road to Canton but if any current one could get there it is Hekker, who was a First Team All-Pro three years in a row from 2015 to 2017.  He was also named to the 2010s All-Decade Team.

Stats

  • Games 128 (+128)
  • Approximate Value 23 (+23)
  • AV/G 0.1797 (+0.1797)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (+4)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+4)
  • Punts 608 (+608)
  • Punt Yards 28600 (+28600)
Patterson is here because he was the All-Decade selection as a Returner.  Sadly, more prominent All-Decade returners failed to make it a s even a Semi-Finalist.

Stats

  • Games 111 (+111)
  • Approximate Value 29 (+29)
  • AV/G 0.2612 (+0.2612)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+3)
If Hekker doesn’t get in, Lee has no shot.  He is fifth all-time in Punts and fourth all-time in Punting Yards; 560 behind Sean Landeta for third place.

Stats

  • Games 248 (+248)
  • Approximate Value 48 (+48)
  • AV/G 0.1936 (+0.1936)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+3)
  • Punts 1229 (+1229)
  • Punt Yards 57234 (+57234)