Zane Gonzalez again had Cleveland Browns fans lowering their heads in frustration Sunday and he isn’t even part of Rally Possum crowd any longer.
The NCAA record-holder for most career field goals had a rough start to his second NFL season with the Browns, missing a 43-yard field goal in the rain during a season-opening tie with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
He followed it up with two missed field goals and two missed extra points in a three-point loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. The Browns released him, their seventh-round pick in 2017, the next day while the Bud Light fridges remained locked and Cleveland kept its growing winless streak.
That despite the fact their kicker was playing with a groin injury — though former head coach Hue Jackson didn’t seem to know about it.
Gonzalez has moved on, heading west back to “college home” of Arizona State where the Arizona Cardinals added him to the roster Nov. 26. In his team debut at Lambeau Field he weathered near-freezing temperatures, intermittent snow and rain, and strong and unpredictable winds for a perfect day.
He hit a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter, made two extra-point attempts, and to top it off kicked the go-ahead 44-yard field goal with 1:45 left in the game.
Two-for-two in his debut.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 2, 2018
Browns rookie Greg Joseph is 11 of 13 on field goal attempts and 16 of 18 on extra points over 10 games. All of the misses came against AFC North rivals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh.
It’s always something for Cleveland.
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