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Author Topic: Blue Bombers Agree to Terms With Kicker Justin Medlock on Two-year Extension  (Read 1061 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2019, 05:02:35 PM »

NFL fir whatever reason ignores CFL kickers. Maher was the exception. To be fair, Medlock did pay his dues in the NFL
I can't see how he failed to catch on with the NFL, must have been nervous.  Do most NFL teams employ specialists for punting and kicking or do they usually rely on one guy?
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2019, 05:21:37 PM »

I can't see how he failed to catch on with the NFL, must have been nervous.  Do most NFL teams employ specialists for punting and kicking or do they usually rely on one guy?

Nope. Always specialists. A separate punter and placekicker for sure. On rare occasions, you'll find teams have three people: a punter, field goal kicker and kick off specialist.
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2019, 05:23:33 PM »

NFL fir whatever reason ignores CFL kickers. Maher was the exception. To be fair, Medlock did pay his dues in the NFL

Hasn't he tried out for like 7 or 8 NFL teams?
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2019, 06:10:37 PM »

I can't see how he failed to catch on with the NFL, must have been nervous.  Do most NFL teams employ specialists for punting and kicking or do they usually rely on one guy?
No. I believe the NFL makes it so you have to have a punter and a kicker. Most colleges have one of each too
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2019, 06:53:46 PM »

No. I believe the NFL makes it so you have to have a punter and a kicker. Most colleges have one of each too
I suspected as much but I haven't watched an NFL game since 1984 so I'm pretty clueless.
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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2019, 07:21:02 PM »

I'm also curious as to why Medlock hasnt given the NFL another shot. Maybe he likes the security he has up here whereas the job of an NFL kicker is week to week.

Maybe he likes the fact that the CFL isn't a 24 hour business and he has more time to golf while here.

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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2019, 07:39:13 PM »

I'm also curious as to why Medlock hasnt given the NFL another shot. Maybe he likes the security he has up here whereas the job of an NFL kicker is week to week.

Maybe he likes the fact that the CFL isn't a 24 hour business and he has more time to golf while here.


Also, being a kicker in the NFL is tough. You can bounce around non-stop, if you're at all lucky enough to even get an offer. Plus, he's too old to really be a longterm kicker for a team and not really proven enough at the NFL level to be viewed as a shoe in
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2019, 08:04:24 PM »

Great signing. I was concerned the NFL would be interested in Medlock because the kicking, in general, was horrible in that league this season.
I agree with you. Everytime a kicker missed a kick I was thinking that team will be interested in Medlock.
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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2019, 08:53:31 PM »

Also, being a kicker in the NFL is tough. You can bounce around non-stop, if you're at all lucky enough to even get an offer. Plus, he's too old to really be a longterm kicker for a team and not really proven enough at the NFL level to be viewed as a shoe in

Colt kicker Vinateri ( sp ) is 45 years old and is the oldest or 2nd oldest player in the NFL IIRC. Also believe the oldest player to ever play in the NFL was also a kicker. That was G. Blanda but he was also a QB in the days of dual roles and smaller rosters.
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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2019, 10:27:19 PM »

Good signing....would like him to retire as a Bomber with GC ring!
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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2019, 10:28:57 PM »

Colt kicker Vinateri ( sp ) is 45 years old and is the oldest or 2nd oldest player in the NFL IIRC. Also believe the oldest player to ever play in the NFL was also a kicker. That was G. Blanda but he was also a QB in the days of dual roles and smaller rosters.

Difference: Vinatieri has been in the NFL his whole career. He is known well in the NFL. Medlock hasn't and probably isn't
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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2019, 10:38:20 PM »

Difference: Vinatieri has been in the NFL his whole career. He is known well in the NFL. Medlock hasn't and probably isn't

Fair enough. A valid point. I was just pointing out age is not a critical or only factor. Also there have been punters or kickers that started in the CFL and played for long times in the NFL.

Ty Long was released by the Lions for another NFL attempt.

Vanderjagt and Jon Ryan started careers in the CFL among others to name a couple. In 2018 it was Brett Maher that played in the NFL this season and he's not nearly as good as Medlock.

Lawrence Tynes started in the NFL, came to the CFL and went back to the NFL.

Good kickers are hard to find. Ask the Bears!! It wouldn't have entirely surprised me to hear Medlock might have had some NFL interest. Glad he's staying in Winnipeg.
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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2019, 01:28:58 PM »

Lol - Comparing Vinatieri to Medlock is sort of like comparing Kevin Glenn to Tom Brady. No offense to Medlock.

Vinatieri is probably the best field goal kicker ever. Obviously, he's well-known in NFL circles, but he's also a four-time Superbowl winner (and played in 5).  He holds a ton of NFL records including most points scored, most field goals made, most post-season field goals made, most field goals in Superbowls, oldest player to kick a 50+ yard field goal and a ton more.
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« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2019, 02:34:11 PM »

Lol - Comparing Vinatieri to Medlock is sort of like comparing Kevin Glenn to Tom Brady. No offense to Medlock.

Vinatieri is probably the best field goal kicker ever. Obviously, he's well-known in NFL circles, but he's also a four-time Superbowl winner (and played in 5).  He holds a ton of NFL records including most points scored, most field goals made, most post-season field goals made, most field goals in Superbowls, oldest player to kick a 50+ yard field goal and a ton more.

He was only mentioned to show kickers age is not as big a factor as with other positions.
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« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2019, 03:54:05 PM »

He was only mentioned to show kickers age is not as big a factor as with other positions.

Yea, true. Kickers can often play longer than most of the skill positions on the field. It's just tough/funny to use Vinatieri as an example because he's been in a class of his own for most of his career. Like saying quarterbacks can play longer because Tom is 41. I mean, sure, they can play longer but good luck trying to play until 41 and be anywhere close to as good as Brady. Just isn't possible for almost all quaterbacks just like it's not possible for most kickers to play until 46.
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