Zach Hocker

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Zach Hocker
Free agent
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1991-08-23) August 23, 1991 (age 26)
Russellville, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Russellville (AR)
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 7 / Pick: 228
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Field goals made: 10
Field goals attempted: 14
Field goal %: 71.4
Longest field goal: 51
Player stats at NFL.com

Zach Hocker (born August 23, 1991) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[1] He has also played for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Early life[edit]

Hocker was a two-time All-State player at Russellville High School in Arkansas and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He played college football at the University of Arkansas from 2010 to 2013 and made 61 of 79 field goal attempts during that time.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Hocker signed a four-year, $2.1 million contract with the Washington Redskins on May 16, 2014, but was released on August 30, 2014 during final roster cuts before the start of the 2014 season in favor of Kai Forbath.[3][4]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Hocker signed a futures contract with the Miami Dolphins on January 8, 2015, but was waived three months later.[5][6][7]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On May 17, 2015, the New Orleans Saints signed Hocker, who beat out Dustin Hopkins to start the 2015 season as the Saints kicker.[8] However, Hocker went on to miss 4 of 13 field goals over the first six games of the season, including a potentially game-winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. The Saints consequently released Hocker on October 19, 2015 and signed Forbath. Forbath had earlier been released by the Washington Redskins and been replaced with Hopkins, whom Hocker beat in camp. ESPN referred to the situation as a continuation of the "NFL's kicking carousel."[9][10]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On November 28, 2015, Hocker signed with the St. Louis Rams after their regular kicker, Greg Zuerlein, was injured.[11] Hocker was active in two games before Zuerlein returned, and was released on December 15, 2015.[12]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On January 5, 2016, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Hocker to a futures contract.[13] On August 29, 2016, Hocker was waived by the Bengals.[14]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On August 13, 2017, Hocker was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[15] He was released on September 2, 2017.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL Draft Profile
  2. ^ "Zach Hocker Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Jones, Mike (May 16, 2014). "Redskins sign six of eight draft picks to rookie deals". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Liz (August 30, 2014). "Redskins cut rookie kicker Zach Hocker, sparing Kai Forbath". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  5. ^ Dwork, David (January 8, 2015). "Dolphins Sign K Hocker To Compete With Caleb Sturgis". CBSLocal.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  6. ^ Wilkening, Mike (May 5, 2015). "Dolphins waive CB Lowell Rose, two others". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2015-05-05. 
  7. ^ Nogle, Kevin (May 5, 2015). "Dolphins Waive T.J. Heath, Zach Hocker, and Lowell Rose". SB Nation. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Wilkening, Mike (May 17, 2015). "Reports: Saints add PK Zach Hocker, two rookies". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Zach Hocker Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Saints release Zach Hocker, continue the NFL's kicking carousel". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "St. Louis Rams Sign Kicker Zach Hocker, Release TE Justice Cunningham". Arch Authority. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Zach Hocker: Released by the Rams". CBS Sports. December 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  13. ^ Marcum, Jason (2016-01-05). "Bengals add Jayson DiManche to practice squad, sign 3 players to futures contracts". Cincy Jungle. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  14. ^ Hobson, Geoff. "DiManche, Hocker among first Bengals cuts". Bengals.com. 
  15. ^ Smith, Scott (August 13, 2017). "Bucs Add Kicker Zach Hocker". Buccaneers.com. 
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (September 2, 2017). "Wide Variety of Moves Gets Bucs to 53". Buccaneers.com. 

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