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Zane Gonzalez hopes to repay Browns for sticking with him

Matthew Schmidt



Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
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Cleveland Browns rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez is struggling this season. He has missed four of his 11 field-goal attempts and one extra point, with all of his misses coming over the last five games. However, the Browns are sticking with him and remaining confident in his ability in spite of his struggles, and Gonzalez is grateful for that.

“It was one of those things I’m not used to,” said Gonzalez, according to Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com, “but I know I’ll get through it, just like I always did in the past, kind of got through whatever the situation was.”

He’s definitely not used to it either. During his senior season at Arizona State University, Gonzalez made 23 of his 25 field-goal tries.

“Started off the season pretty well, had a little rough bump and then kind of bounced back, had a couple good games, then I had a little rough bump again,” Gonzalez said of his rookie campaign. “They have a great deal of confidence so now it’s just on me to go out there and perform and prove them right and all they see in me.”

Gonzalez knows he has to be better, and head coach Hue Jackson knows the first-year kicker is aware of the situation.

“He understands he needs to play better, very inconsistent right now,” said Jackson. “He has to take the bull by the horns that way and get it done.”

The Browns have gotten off to a 0-8 start. Cleveland will take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday.

Matthew Schmidt is a life-long sports fan who was born and raised in New Jersey, which makes the fact that he is a Celtics and Marlins fan kind of peculiar. Don't worry; he likes the Giants in football, so his New Jersey roots have not been completely tarnished. You can also find his work at Bleacher Report and Baseline Banter.