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Are Nortman and Gano the Punter/Kicker of the Future?

Carolina Panthers: Kicking Department  

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  1. 1. Have we found our kicker and punter for the foreseeable future?

    • Both Nortman and Gano will have long, successful careers in Carolina.
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    • Only Nortman will have a lengthy and successful stay in Carolina.
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    • Only Gano will have a lengthy and successful stint in Carolina.
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    • Neither Brad Nortman nor Graham Gano will be the answer to our kicking duties going forward.
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Last year the Panthers struggled both punting and kicking. It cost us games. However, from the eye test this summer both Nortman and Gano have had great pre-seasons thus far. Nortman seems to be booming punts and Gano has been perfect thus far while hitting from deep range numerous times. 

 

Figured I would open up this poll to Panther Nation and see what the rest of you think. Also thought it would be nice to highlight the improvements both of these guys have made. It may be too early to answer these polls questions but figured it was worth a shot anyways. I am really hoping we have found our two kicking special-teamers of the future. 

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Nortman has one of the strongest legs in punters. His problem was holding on to the ball way too long. When he was forced to switch his style for the nfl he struggled and didn't kick very powerful kicks. Somewhere in the offseason it seems he's figured it out.

Gano also has one of the strongest legs of any kicker, but dealt with accuracy issues because he would try to send every kick to the moon, even the short ones. He too seems to have worked on his style and seems to have worked things out.

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they are both an integral part of a special teams unit that has improved dramatically since the 2011 season. we've improved in all aspects of the blocking game, we've added a legit return guy that's a threat to add points on every play, we're kicking field goals consistently, and nortman - arguably the worst member of STs last season performance-wise - has looked perfect so far.

 

if nortman keeps progressing i think he's definitely the punter of the future. we'll have to see about gano but i think at the very least he's locked down the kicking job this season.

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Nortman has the potential, we'll see..

 

Gano I feel strangely confident in.  He's been consistent and has put that club foot to good use in both kickoffs and FGs...

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Once I find a way to generate the 1.21 gigawatts required to power the flux capacitor, I will be able to give you a definitive answer.

You just need a lightning bolt, some trash or some plutonium. Should not be too hard to find these days.

As for the original question, I am very confident both will be around for a while, which makes me happy.

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If Either one slips up bring in kickalicious!

 

You know, I really thought about that. He'll be gone by the time we realize we don't have the kickers of our future. Too many flashbacks of Nortman muffs and especially Gano misses throughout the years (seriously, one of the worst percentages in the league).

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Maybe our special teams stars are aligning.  Gano looking sharp, Nortman with booming punts, and Ginn to return kicks.  Me likey.

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Nortman was dreadful last year but was a rookie and as rookies should do he worked on his craft and seems to have really improved.

 

I didn't think Gano was all that bad last year. He had a few bad kicks and everybody likes to point out that missed XP against the Eagles (which was more of a timing issue), but something has really changed in him and he has been dead on with some of his kicks...most of which seemed to be longer than 50 this preseason.

 

I would like to see what both of them can do in meaningful games and when the game is on the line. But as of this moment, I would be perfectly fine with having both on the team long into the future.

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