It appears as if the Tennessee Titans kicking carousel could spin once again this summer.
Some of that will hinge on whether or not veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski decides to return for another season, and if the Titans want to re-sign the 37-year-old who is set to be an unrestricted free agent.
Gostkowski had hits ups and downs last season, his first in Tennessee after 14 years in New England. He was 18 of 26 overall on field goals, and made his final five in a row after being 13 of 21 at one point in the season. Gostkowski’s biggest trouble spot was between 40 and 49 yards, where he was just 5 of 10.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said in a video conference call to season ticketholders Thursday night that his requirement for a kicker is simple, and that there will be competition for the position in training camp.
“Their job is to make them. And I can’t tell them how to kick them straight. I can just see if they go straight or go through. We have had some blocked.… The only way that I can evaluate kickers is if they make them. And we have got to make more kicks,” Vrabel said.
Vrabel indicated that to his knowledge Gostkowski, who lived in the Nashville area prior to joining the Titans, has not made a decision on his future.
“We feel like we are going to have to address that position and see what Stephen is going to do. His contract is up, (we'll see) what he wants to do. But we're going to have to have guys in here that have competition and we want to find somebody that is going to make them," Vrabel said.
The Titans do have Tucker McCann, who spent last season on the practice squad before being put on practice squad injured reserve.
The Titans used Sam Sloman in the regular season finale at Houston when Gostkowski was on the Covid-19 reserve list. Sloman banked through the game-winning 37-yard field goal in the Titans’ 41-38 victory over the Texans that clinched the AFC South title. Sloman, who was elevated from the practice squad for that game, was not re-signed to a futures contract by the club.