Rookie kicker Harrison Butker finally missed a field goal attempt for the Kansas City Chiefs after making a franchise record 23 consecutive attempts.
The Kansas City Chiefs found a hidden gem in kicker Harrison Butker, but as they say, all good things must come to an end, and the rookie’s streak of consecutive field goals made has come to an end with a 38-yard miss on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Butker missed his first ever attempt in Kansas City back in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. However he went on to make his three other attempts in that very game and had yet to miss another kick since that time, a streak running another seven games and 23 attempts.
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Butker took over for the Chiefs after incumbent kicker Cairo Santos went down with a groin injury that he couldn’t shake. It was a reaggravated injury that kept Santos out for most of the preseason, so the Chiefs knew it could take considerable time for him to return. After placing Santos on injured reserve, they ended up releasing him outright. Santos signed with the Chicago Bears in the last two weeks.
Butker was an instant hit after being claimed by the club from the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers, who drafted Butker out of Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead the Panthers went with Graham Gano to start the season and they made Butker available to any team by putting him on the practice squad.
Butker graduated from Georgia Tech as the highest scorer in school history and made 15 of 17 field goals during his senior season. So far this season, Butker is 23 of 25, good for a 92 percent field goal percentage.