Former Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin lands with sixth team since entering NFL
Chase McLaughlin continues to bounce around the NFL since going undrafted during the 2019 NFL Draft.
As a rookie in 2019, McLaughlin kicked for three teams – the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers – while appearing in 11 games. He converted 18 of 23 field-goal attempts that season, including going a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond 50 yards. He also converted all 26 extra-point tries he saw as a rookie.
Despite a mostly successful campaign with accuracy from long range, McLaughlin landed with two more teams in 2020, appearing in three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and one game for the New York Jets. He went 4-for-5 on field goals and 5-for-6 on extra points in action last season.
Unfortunately, the Jets decided to waive McLaughlin, leaving him looking for his next home in the NFL. That is until Monday with multiple reports indicating the Cleveland Browns have claimed McLaughlin off waivers:
The Browns claimed K Chase McLaughlin off of waivers from the Jets.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 10, 2021
Hopefully, this will finally be an opportunity for McLaughlin to establish himself as the permanent kicker. In two seasons, he is 22-for-28 on field goals, including 4-for-5 from 50+ yards. McLaughlin is 31-for-32 on extra-point attempts.
During his time at Illinois, McLaughlin converted all 79 extra-point tries he saw and finished 74.6% (44-for-59) on field goals. He is second on Illinois’ all-time list of kickers with 211 total points.