Amos Jones cracked a smile when he was asked about the kicker he’ll coach as the Browns’ new special teams coordinator. “I did come from Arizona, right?” Jones said last week during his introductory press conference. The kicker, of course, is Zane Gonzalez, who made his historic mark at Arizona State before landing with Cleveland in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Jones was present for his Pro Day around this time last year, even though the Cardinals didn’t plan to be in the kicker market. Needless to say, Jones’ familiarity with Gonzalez is strong, and he’s liked what he’s seen so far after one NFL season. “I know he will work hard because Coach (Hue Jackson) has already told me about that,” Jones said. “I feel good about that part of it. If you have a guy that is going to work hard and is willing to learn, shoot, we can go.” Gonzalez finished his rookie season on a high note after a rocky patch during the first half of the season. After a smooth first three weeks, Gonzalez missed a field goal attempt against Cincinnati that would have given the Browns their first lead of the year and followed with two misses a week later in a Week 5 game against the Jets the Browns would ultimately lose, 17-14. One week after he nailed three field goals against the Titans, including a 54-yarder, Gonzalez missed his only extra point of the season in a pivotal moment and another field goal during Cleveland’s loss to the Vikings in London.
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