K Chase McLaughlin
The Browns decided to have a competition for the position of the kicker for the Browns. Long gone are the days where Phil Dawson was just expected to be the guy, now the Browns are seemingly reevaluating the position every off-season. Chase McLaughlin is the newest name the team is trying out. The problem is that he’s starting to be outpaced in practice by the incumbent.
Cody Parkey was the Browns kicker in 2020 and had his moments. Kicking in 15 games, Parkey had a success rate of 86.4% for the season on field goals and was successful with extra-point kicks to the tune of 91.5% All in all, he only missed three kicks all season, two from the 30-39 yard mark, and one from yards of 40+ or more. He was very good from that distance, hitting 10 of 11 on the year.
Parkey isn’t bad by any means and even made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with the Eagles, but he’s now on his second season with the Browns, after being gone for three seasons. McLaughlin was expected to push Parkey but the 78% career kicker across five teams in two previous seasons has failed to impress during camp.
It seems unlikely the Browns would take on McLaughlin, especially with Parkey being more accurate from longer while in camp. Not just that, but kicking in Browns Stadium is difficult, especially in the fall and winter months. Parkey knows this from experience, McLaughlin would have to learn it.
McLaughlin tried but it’s unlikely he’s on this team much longer.