Following multiple kicker workouts on Tuesday and the reported release of Rodrigo Blankenship, the Indianapolis Colts are signing kickers Chase McLaughlin and Lucas Havrisik to the team’s practice squad — with one of them being elevated to the 53-man active roster ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars:
The #Colts are signing kickers Chase McLaughlin and Lucas Havrisik to the practice squad, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 13, 2022
So after cutting Rodrigo Blankenship, Indy adds two guys it knows -- McLaughlin was there in 2019, Havrisik in rookie camp -- and plan to elevate one for Sunday at Jacksonville
Both of them should be at least somewhat familiar names for Colts fans.
The 26-year-old McLaughlin kicked for the Colts in relief of an ailing Adam Vinatieri during the 2019 season, converting 5 of 6 field goal attempts (including a 50 yarder) and all 11 of his extra point attempts during 4 games.
McLaughlin lost the ensuing offseason kicking competition to a rookie Blankenship and was cut as part of final 53-man roster cuts by Indianapolis.
He appeared in 16 games for the Browns last season, making 15 of 21 field goal attempts (71.4%) and 36 of 37 extra point attempts (97.3%).
For his career, he’s made 37 of 49 field goal attempts (75.5%) and 67 of 69 PAT attempts (97.1%). He should be an upgrade to Hot Rod—at least in the leg strength department, as he’s always featured a fairly live leg.
Meanwhile, Havrisik participated in rookie minicamp for the Colts this offseason. He made 9 of 14 field goal attempts (64.3%) for the Arizona Wildcats in 2021—including a 57-yarder, earning All-Pac 12 honorable mention (*for a consecutive season).
It’ll be interesting to see which kicker the Colts end up elevating from the taxi-man squad, but the safe bet would be on the more experienced McLaughlin—at least initially.