Taylor Bertolet
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Bertolet with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016
New Orleans Breakers
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
Career highlights and awards
  • 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 New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at Texas A&M and holds a school record for most extra points 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] He was released on November 15, 2021.[32]

New Orleans Breakers

Bertolet signed with the New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League on May 5, 2022.[33]

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.
  32. ^ "2021 CFL Transactions". CFL.ca. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  33. ^ @USFLBreakers (May 5, 2022). "Roster Updates" (Tweet). Retrieved May 5, 2022 – via Twitter.