Panthers kicker Joey Slye's accuracy is dropping; he still wants his game-winning shot

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"At the end of the day, JJ (Jansen) and I have a lot to do with his success as a field-goal kicker," Palardy said. "JJ and I take a lot of pride in our job, making sure whoever is kicking field goals is in the most comfortable and best situation possible to concentrate on their job."

Despite the challenge, Rivera supports his young kicker.

"It's not necessarily going to be about whether he's had a few misses, it's really going to be about whether or not we feel good about the distance more so than anything else," Rivera said. "He is a first-year kicker for the most part in the NFL, he's going to go through some growing pains. We made the decision to live with it.

"We put Graham (Gano) on IR, this is the guy, we've got to stick with him, he's a young kicker. If you start getting rid of young kickers who have some success, they never get a chance to develop and that's the thing that you sit there looking at a kid like Joey, who's got a tremendous leg, who's been pretty good for us. I think to push the panic button now is a little too early, so we're going to try and show as much confidence in him as we can and continue to let him kick."

Even Slye pointed out that missing kicks late in games has been an issue recently. And there will likely come a time in the last eight games of the season when it will be up to the rookie to win a game, whether in Green Bay or somewhere down the line.

He's ready


"For me as kicker, I kind of want to be the guy that's reliable in those situations, I want to be the guy that the team can count on to where we're moving the ball, we know we kind of got a field goal in our back pocket," Slye said. "I get excited for them, I want one. I really haven't had one, so a lot of times I'm sitting there, like, 'Yo, I want to do this so bad,' but whatever the team needs me to do, I'll do, but I kind of get excited for those moments."

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