One week into training camp, the most lopsided competition has been at kicker, where Andrew Franks towers over rookie Marshall Koehn.
Although Franks would never declare the competition over before the coaches do, it’s clear that when he speaks, it’s one very confident kicker talking.
“My consistency has gotten a lot better,” said Franks, entering his second NFL season. “I think whether it’s a 25-yard field goal or a 65-yarder, I’m wanting to do the same stroke because my strength’s always going to be there. I think for the most part it’s not a matter of, from 55 yards I’ll be more consistent. It’s a matter of, everywhere, I’m going to be more consistent.”
It was hard for Franks to establish any kind of consistency last year because he attempted a paltry 16 field goals, making 13, with a long of 53. With a booming leg, his kickoffs have never been an issue.
Coming out of that football factory of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, an engineering school, Franks beat out Caleb Sturgis for the job last summer.
“Last year, I was on the other end, so I understand the situation Marshall’s in,” Franks said. “So for me, it’s a little different being on the other end, but I like it. I like having a guy pushing me, keeping me on my toes. So it’s making me better and hopefully I’m making him better as well.”