The Cleveland Browns waived former Arizona State star Zane Gonzalez today after a nightmare start to the 2018 NFL season.
Yesterday, we reported on the struggles (and subsequent backlash) of former Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez. Today, he became unemployed as the Cleveland Browns waived Gonzalez in favor of former Florida Atlantic kicker Greg Joseph.
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Joseph has never attempted a kick in the NFL after going undrafted and released by the Miami Dolphins in training camp.
Gonzalez won the Lou Groza Award in 2016 while with the Arizona State Sun Devils, in addition to being voted unanimously to the 2016 College Football All-American Team. Additionally, Zane made first-team All-Pac-12 in 2013 and 2016.
His troubles with Cleveland really started this year after a decent rookie season in 2017. Of his 10 attempts this year (five field goals, five extra points), Zane has only made half of them. Most importantly, two would have secured wins for the Browns and one would have sent the game to overtime.
It should be noted that four of his five misses came in the Browns’ loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
While it wasn’t clear at the time, ESPN reported today that Gonzalez had been kicking with a groin injury this season that resulted in an MRI on Monday.
Though under the radar for most of the season, Gonzalez hit mainstream media when LeBron James openly ripped his kicking on Instagram during and after the Browns-Saints game.
After the game, Gonzalez was forthright with his performance, telling ESPN that he “let everybody down.”