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Patriots hold kicker tryouts after rookie Chad Ryland misses game-tying field goal vs. Giants in Week 12 [Video]

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One of the calling cards of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s dynastic run was his teams always having elite special teams. In 2023, that simply isn’t the case when it comes to their kicking position. 

New England selected Maryland’s Chad Ryland 112th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, in the fourth round, making him the second-highest drafted kicker in 2023 behind only the San Francisco 49ersJake Moody, who went off the board in the third round. 

Ryland has not rewarded Belichick’s faith in him so far this season, connecting on only 12 of his 18 field-goal attempts (66.7%), the second-lowest conversion rate in the league among 32 kickers with 10 or more field-goal attempts in 2023. Only New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (11 for 17) has been worse. 

The biggest miss of Ryland’s young career came in Week 12 when he pushed …

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