The Browns are likely to be a team on the rise next season, but, barring changes, Cleveland’s kicking game won’t be helping the resurgence.
Billy Cundiff was very inconsistent last season. While he was great on kickoffs – 42 touchbacks on 65 kicks – he struggled on field goal attempts. Cundiff’s 80.8 percent success rate was good for 25th in the NFL. For comparison, 11 kickers had percentages greater than 90, and 20 kickers had percentages greater than 85.
Likewise, Spencer Lanning had just as inconsistent of a season. Even though Lanning attempted 84 punts, eighth most in the league, he was the only punter to not record a 60-yard punt all season. In fact, Lanning was 26th in the league with a 43.8-yard average.
Both Cundiff and Lanning are still slotted to start for the Browns next year, but the team should look to bring in competition this offseason. There aren’t any draft prospects worth using a draft selection on, but there will be several undrafted free agents the Browns should consider.