Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns are finding new ways to lose.
Coach Hue Jackson admits that dynamic poses a challenge with a Thursday night bout against the Jets fast approaching.
The Browns signed free agent kicker Greg Joseph to replace Gonzalez, according to the Associated Press. Joseph was selected from a field that included veterans Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos.
The coach, who goes by the Twitter handle @ZaneGonzo36, began receiving tweets decrying the Browns kicker, whose Twitter handle is @ZaneG_5. "It's a quick turnaround". "He has a strong leg, obviously, and he fits all the criteria we're looking for in a kicker. Obviously we've got to find a guy who can put the ball through the uprights".
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Florida, he spent just one year in high school football after making all-state as a soccer player.
Gonzalez missed both attempts from beyond 40 yards and a pair extra-point attempts - missing a go-ahead PAT and then an attempt from 52 yards with Cleveland down three. Joseph was waived by the Dolphins during final roster cuts. Later, with the chance to give Cleveland a 15-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, Gonzalez's field goal attempt sailed wide left from 44 years away, but his bad day was far from over.
Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points that conceivably could have won Cleveland's first game in almost two years.
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