Taylor Bertolet
Bertolet with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016
No. 18 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 29)
Reading, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Exeter Township
(Reading, Pennsylvania)
College:Texas A&M
Undrafted:2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
  • Texas A&M school record extra points converted (67) (2012)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2015)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Taylor Bertolet (born October 24, 1992) is an American football placekicker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Texas A&M and holds a school record for most PATs in a single season.

College career

In 2012, Bertolet and quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshmen to surpass 100 points in a season.[1] Bertolet kicked for a total of a career-high 106 points including 13 field goals and a school record 67 extra points.[1] Bertolet kicked a season-long 54-yard field goal against Louisiana Tech.[2]

Bertolet was mainly the Aggies kickoff specialist for the 2013 and 2014 season, losing placekicking job to Josh Lambo.[3]

In 2015, Bertolet kicked a career-high 22 field goals on 31 attempts for a career-high 71% field goal percentage.[4] Bertolet kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal against Mississippi State.[5] Bertolet tied Southeastern Conference and school records by making six field goals against Vanderbilt. He tied Alan Smith's six field goals in 1983 against Arkansas State.[6]

Professional career

Los Angeles Rams

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, Bertolet signed with the Los Angeles Rams on May 4, 2016.[7] On August 30, 2016, he was released by the Rams.[8]

Denver Broncos

On March 21, 2018, Bertolet signed with the Denver Broncos.[9] On April 30, 2018, he was waived by the Broncos.[10]

New York Jets

On May 7, 2018, Bertolet was signed by the New York Jets.[11] He was waived by the Jets on September 1, 2018, after losing the starting kicking job to Jason Myers.[12][13]

Salt Lake Stallions

Before the 2019 season, Bertolet signed with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.[14]

Denver Broncos (second stint)

After the AAF filed for bankruptcy, Bertolet re-signed with the Denver Broncos on April 29, 2019.[15] He was waived on July 23, 2019.[16]

New York Jets (second stint)

On August 11, 2019, Bertolet was signed by the New York Jets after Chandler Catanzaro retired during preseason.[17] He was waived by the Jets on September 1, 2019.[18]

Carolina Panthers

On October 24, 2020, Bertolet was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad.[19] He was released on November 2, 2020,[20] and re-signed to the practice squad on November 7.[21] He was released again on November 10,[22] and re-signed to the practice squad again on November 14.[23] He was released on November 16,[24] and re-signed again on November 21.[25] Bertolet was released a fourth time on November 24, 2020,[26] but re-signed four days later.[27] He was released again on December 1, 2020.[28]

Minnesota Vikings

On December 19, 2020, Bertolet was signed to the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad.[29] His practice squad contract with the team expired after the season on January 11, 2021.[30]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Bertolet signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 29, 2021.[31]

References

  1. ^ a b "Texas A&M University Athletics". 12thman.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech - Box Score - October 13, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft: Texas A&M kicker Taylor Bertolet signs free agent deal with Los Angeles Rams". PennLive.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Sports, Fox. "Taylor Bertolet - K for the Texas A&M Aggies". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M - Box Score - October 3, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt - Game Recap - November 21, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Simmons, Myles (May 4, 2016). "Rams sign 19 undrafted free agents". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Bain, Nate (August 30, 2016). "Rams Announce First Round of Roster Cuts". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ DiLalla, Aric (March 21, 2018). "Broncos sign K Taylor Bertolet, LS Christian Kuntz". DenverBroncos.com.
  10. ^ DiLalla, Aric (April 30, 2018). "Broncos waive K Taylor Bertolet, DL Jhaustin Thomas". DenverBroncos.com.
  11. ^ Allen, Eric (May 7, 2018). "Jets Sign K Bertolet, Waive CB Keeton". NewYorkJets.com.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (September 1, 2018). "Jets cut K Taylor Bertolet". profootballtalk.com.
  13. ^ Lange, Randy (September 1, 2018). "Final Cutdown: Jets Reach 53-Player Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com.
  14. ^ "Taylor Bertolet set to get his kicks in new football league". Reading Eagle. February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  15. ^ DiLalla, Aric (April 29, 2019). "Broncos sign K Taylor Bertolet". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ DiLalla, Aric (July 23, 2019). "Broncos sign P Justin Vogel". DenverBroncos.com.
  17. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (August 11, 2019). "Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro retires; Bertolet signed". NFL.com.
  18. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 1, 2019). "Jets Claim 4 Players, Add Another 7 to Practice Squad". NewYorkJets.com.
  19. ^ Simmons, Myles (October 24, 2020). "Panthers activate Marken Michel, Mike Horton from practice squad". Panthers.com.
  20. ^ Simmons, Myles (November 2, 2020). "Panthers activate Rasul Douglas from reserve/COVID-19 list". Panthers.com. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  21. ^ Simmons, Myles (November 7, 2020). "Panthers activate Christian McCaffrey, Yetur Gross-Matos". Panthers.com. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  22. ^ Simmons, Myles (November 10, 2020). "Juston Burris designated for return from reserve/injured list". Panthers.com. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  23. ^ "Panthers activate safety Juston Burris from reserve list". Panthers.com. November 14, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  24. ^ Bryan, Will (November 16, 2020). "Panthers sign quarterback Tommy Stevens to practice squad". Panthers.com. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  25. ^ "Panthers make roster moves prior to Week 11". Panthers.com. November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  26. ^ Weaver, Tim (November 24, 2020). "Panthers host 2 running backs, 2 defensive backs for Tuesday tryouts". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  27. ^ Voth, Bill (November 28, 2020). "Christian McCaffrey ruled out of Panthers' trip to Minnesota". Panthers.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  28. ^ "Taylor Bertolet: Cut from practice squad". CBSSports.com. December 1, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  29. ^ "Vikings Elevate CB Cordrea Tankersley to Active Roster, Sign K Taylor Bertolet to Practice Squad". Vikings.com. December 19, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  30. ^ "Five players have contracts expire". FantasyGuru.com. January 11, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  31. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign four American players". TiCats.ca. June 29, 2021. Retrieved June 29, 2021.