Last season, the Panthers thought enough of Gano to keep him on the active roster and move rookie Harrison Butker to the practice squad. Gano rewarded Carolina’s confidence by converting 29 of his 30 FG attempts, including all 10 of his tries between 40 and 49 yards. In his nine NFL seasons, he has been successful on 81.7 percent of his FG attempts and 95.8 percent of his PAT tries. His career long is a 59-yarder, booted in 2011 when he was with Washington.
Gano attempted just one field goal over 50 yards last season, and he missed it. For his career, he is just 17 of 31 (54.8 percent) from 50 yards or beyond. Since the NFL moved back the extra-point attempts in 2015, Gano has missed nine attempts -- three in each season.
Gano is an average-to-above-average NFL kicker, and he plays for an average-to-above-average NFL team. The Panthers ranked 19th last season in total yards gained and were 12th in points scored. Obviously, Gano’s production will improve if the offense does, but average to slightly above average sounds about right.