Former Georgia K Rodrigo Blankenship leads all NFL players in scoring
For four years at Georgia, Rodrigo Blankenship impressed with his leg and was a reliable part of the Bulldogs’ special teams unit. Now in the NFL, nothing has changed for the 23-year-old kicker.
So far in his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts, Blankenship is off to a strong start. He’s made 16 of his 18 field-goal attempts and connected on all 15 of his extra-point tries. That gives him 63 points, which currently ranks as the most points scored in the NFL this season by any player.
Blankenship made multiple field goals in five of his first six games for the Colts, which included converting four in a game twice — in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings and in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to Georgia fans. Blankenship went 80-for-97 on field goals in 53 career games for the Bulldogs, while also going a perfect 200-for-200 on extra points.
After his last season at Georgia in 2019, Blankenship signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in April. And he had big shoes to fill in Indianapolis, as Adam Vinatieri had been the team’s kicker for most of the previous 14 seasons.
Now, Blankenship is putting his name in the rookie record books. According to Andrew Walker of Colts.com, Blankenship’s 63 points are the fourth most by a player through his first six NFL games. His 16 field goals rank fifth through six NFL games.
The Colts have a bye this week, so Blankenship won’t be in action. He’ll look to keep adding to his scoring lead when they return to play in Week 8 against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 1.