Kansas City rookie kicker Ryan Succop has put the biggest performance of his pro career in the rearview mirror.
"The thing about being in the NFL is that things can change at any time, and I'm very aware of that," Succop said in a phone interview. "It's not about what you did last week, but all about what you're going to do this week."
But the South Carolina product's performance in Sunday's 14-12 victory at Washington is is not easily ignored. After all, how many times does a rookie - much less a kicker - playing in his sixth pro game, receive the game ball?
After the 23-year-old, who was the final pick in April's draft, made all four field goal attempts (39, 46, 46 and 24 yards) in heavy wind during the Chiefs' first victory, he was singled out by coach Todd Haley.
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"It was a huge game for him in poor conditions," Haley told reporters after Sunday's win. "The field was re-sodded, and where they were kicking from was not real good. The wind was difficult, but he stood up and made the tough kicks."
Succop has been nearly perfect this season, connecting on nine of 10 field goal tries (his lone miss was a blocked 53-yarder against Dallas), including four of five from 40-plus yards. He made a 53-yard field goal on his first attempt in the season opener at Baltimore. He also has converted all nine of his point-after attempts.
The Chiefs have had six kickers on their roster since trading Lawrence Tynes following the 2006 season, but Succop appears well on his way to stopping that revolving door.
Quarterback Matt Cassel told the Kansas City Star that Succop is "a great security blanket."
Receiver Dwayne Bowe said, "(He) helps us play without stress, because when we don't make a play, we've got a kicker that's going to make it 95 percent of the time."
"I've been put in an unbelievable situation to have the opportunity to play football at this level," Succop said. "I'm very thankful and there are some times when I'm still like, wow, this is actually happening."