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Draft Scout Cairo Santos News
11/26/14 - Rookie PK Cairo Santos has survived 11 games as the Chiefs' kicker and the Brazilian-born product of Tulane University escaped his bad 1-for-2 start and has now made 13 straight field goals. He has not missed a three-pointer since Sept. 14, in the season's second game. That was a 37-yarder in Denver against the Broncos.
Over the last month he has not gotten a lot of opportunities for field goals, averaging just 1.25 attempts per game over the last four weeks. But he has been steady and reliable in handling all the kicking duties, even in several cold weather games that were the first of his life. Temperatures in the 30s, with strong wind were never a factor in high school in Florida or at Tulane, where his home games were inside the Superdome.
"He's kicked in some cold weather, some wind, some rain; he's seen everything," said special teams coordinator Dave Toub. "He continues to look good. We are counting on him. He's doing a good job; he's been consistent."
Santos started the season with 17 touchbacks in his first seven games, but in poor weather conditions he has had just two in the last four games. Some of that is by design, as Toub has him kicking balls designed to allow the coverage unit a chance to stop the returner inside the 20-yard line.
10/27/14 - PK Cairo Santos learned how to kick field goals in St. Augustine, Fla., as a foreign-exchange student from Brazil. He went on to kick at Tulane University, where he played home games inside the Superdome. Through the first six games of his rookie NFL season, Santos had seen near perfect weather conditions at Arrowhead Stadium and in Denver, Miami, San Francisco and San Diego.
But in Sunday's victory over St. Louis, Santos got his first NFL taste of kicking with Mother Nature as he learned about the winds of Arrowhead. It did not slow the rookie down as he had two field goals, led by a career-long 53-yard kick and four touchbacks on kickoffs.
"It was the windiest day I've kicked in, ever, college or anywhere else," said Santos. "Even though it's windy, you can't over-think it. You just have to hit it solid and trust your kick."
09/15/14 - K Cairo Santos has struggled through the first two games of his NFL career. The rookie out of Tulane University has made just two of four field goal attempts against Tennessee and Denver. Against the Broncos, the Brazilian's 37-yard kick went wide right. Against the Titans, each of his kicks hit an upright, one bouncing through good, the other not.
09/07/14 - K Cairo Santos struggled in his first NFL game as the rookie from Tulane hit both uprights on his two field goal attempts. The first banged off the inside of the right upright and went through for a 35-yard field goal. His second attempt went off the outside of the left upright from 48 yards away. "I gave the wind too much credit on that one," Santos said of the missed attempt. "You just have to get used to Arrowhead."
08/05/14 - K Cairo Santos continues to give incumbent kicker Ryan Succop a run for his spot on the 53-man roster. An undrafted rookie from Tulane University, Santos has matched Succop field goal-for-field goal in Chiefs practices. Plus, Santos has about 5 to 10 yards more on all of his attempts.