Brandon Bogotay doesn’t expect to make anyone forget Phil Dawson. The 24-year old placekicker just hopes he doesn’t make anyone remember Dave Jacobs.

In 1981, Jacobs -- an obscure Syracuse product -- performed so well in training camp and the preseason the Browns opted to cut longtime kicker Don Cockroft. But coach Sam Rutigliano sensed trouble from almost the moment Jacobs stepped on the field for his first regular-season kick.

“It looked like he had swallowed a grapefruit,” Rutigliano said. “It was over. The pressure was just too much for him.”

Jacobs converted just four of 12 attempts in five games, even missing an extra point, before the Browns signed Matt Bahr.

Two decades later, the franchise allowed the popular Dawson, 38, to sign with San Francisco via free agency. Rutigliano knows what awaits the winner the Bogotay-Shayne Graham competition this summer. On opening day, the old coach hopes the only thing he sees in the new kicker’s throat is his Adam’s apple.

“The pressure is going to be enormous,” Rutigliano said. “Phil was loved here and I think we might miss him in November and December.”

Bogotay understands he can’t manage fan expectation. He realizes his strong local ties – his father grew up in Euclid and his uncle’s family still lives in the area – won’t spare him boos should he botch kicks at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“I’m not trying to replace Phil Dawson,” Bogotay said. “You can’t replace Phil Dawson. He’s a great dude, he’s a legend. What he has done here is amazing. ... I can just focus on what I do and be the best I can be.”