Kickers & Special Teams (7)

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

Last Year’s Rank #50.

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 in the future.  With a powerful Ravens team, he might get a chance to use his leg to gain a second Super Bowl. With the retirement of Adam Vinatieri and the slumping of Stephen Gostkowski, Tucker vaults up to our #1 candidate among active Special Teams players.

Stats

  • Games 144 (+144)
  • Approximate Value 46 (+46)
  • AV/G 0.3151 (+0.3151)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+4)
  • Field Goals Made 291 (+291)
  • Field Goals Attempted 321 (+321)

Last Year’s Rank #43.

Following a future Hall of Famer (Adam 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 in 2020, as the Patriots did not resign him, but that lasted only one year.  As of right now, he is a He is at present 13th all-time in Field Goals and 9th all-time in Field Goal Percentage.

Stats

  • Games 219 (+219)
  • Approximate Value 49 (+49)
  • AV/G 0.2337 (+0.2337)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (+4)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (+1)
  • Field Goals Made 392 (+392)
  • Field Goals Attempted 452 (+452)

Last Year’s Rank #60.

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 nine-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 189 (+189)
  • Approximate Value 3 (+3)
  • AV/G 0.0159 (+0.0159)
  • Pro Bowls 9 (+9)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (+2)

Last Year’s Rank #65

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 144 (+144)
  • Approximate Value 26 (+26)
  • AV/G 0.806 (+0.806)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (+4)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+4)
  • Punts 608 (+608)
  • Punt Yards 28600 (+28600)

Last Year’s Rank #99.

Patterson is here primarily 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.  The four-time First Team All-Pro joins Atlanta after two years with Chicago.

Stats

  • Games 127 (+127)
  • Approximate Value 33 (+33)
  • AV/G 0.2598 (+0.2598)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (+4)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+4)
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Last Year’s Rank #143.

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 264 (+264)
  • Approximate Value 50 (+50)
  • AV/G 0.1894 (+0.1894)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (+3)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+3)
  • Punts 1229 (+1229)
  • Punt Yards 57234 (+57234)