The undrafted rookie from Georgia was signed by the Colts earlier this offseason, and ‘Hot Rod’ (rocking the infamous rec specs) is in a heated competition with 2nd-year kicker Chase McLaughlin for the starting kicker job—as Indianapolis is seemingly moving on from longtime veteran Adam Vinatieri (free agent).
Except the loser here goes home or is unceremoniously traded to another NFL team (*maybe re-signed to the Colts practice squad).
Blankenship successfully converted 27 of 33 field goal attempts (81.8%) for the Bulldogs in 2019—including a long of 50 yards (3 for 5 from 50+ yards). He was a perfect 46 of 46 in extra point attempts this past season.
In 2019, the Georgia fan favorite won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker, was a consensus First-Team All-American, and was awarded First-Team All-SEC honors.
He’s in one of the most highly contested positional battles during Colts camp, and he’s definitely one to keep an eye on as training camp unfolds. If nothing else, Hot Rod provides some serious Ricky ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn vibes—and ‘sizzle’ from the Major League movie series—and hopefully, he kicks fire (without the baggage).