Mike McDaniel continues to back K Jason Sanders despite struggles

While the Miami Dolphins have had a successful start to their 2022 campaign, going 7-3 over their first 10 contests, there have been a few aspects of their team that hasn’t gone exactly to plan.

The kicking game has been one of those areas.

Despite bringing in veteran punter Thomas Morstead to hold on attempts, Jason Sanders’ performance has been subpar. This season, Sanders has made just 13 of his 17 field goal attempts (76.5%) – the second-lowest percentage of his career. He’s also hit 27 of his 30 extra-point attempts (90%) – the lowest percentage of his career.

While there have been struggles, head coach Mike McDaniel backed up his kicker.

“He’s given me no reason to believe that he won’t get the things corrected,” McDaniel said. “So we’re always doing that regardless, with regard to every position to make sure that you are up to speed on your contingency plans because you’re only one soft tissue (injury) away, especially at those positions. But I have no reason to think – first and foremost, Jason holds himself to a high degree of scrutiny and has high demands of himself so he expects more. But it’d be one thing if he’d given me any reason to think that he can’t get it corrected. So until he proves otherwise, we’re feeling good about where we’re at with him.”

The Dolphins have been able to get by regardless of Sanders’ play, but, when they play better teams in closer games, his performance will become much more pivotal.

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Story originally appeared on Dolphins Wire