Jets Sign K Sam Ficken

  • Jets Sign K Sam Ficken

Jets Sign K Sam Ficken

The New York Jets have been frantically searching for a kicker ever since veteran Chandler Catanzaro shockingly retired this summer.

The team also announced it waived Kaare Vedvik after he missed an extra point and a 45-yard field-goal attempt in the Jets' 17-16 season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Ficken was signed after the Jets had several young kickers in for tryouts at the team's facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, including Greg Joseph, Younghoe Koo, Elliott Fry and Tristan Vizcaino. He hit 3-of-6 field goal attempts and 14-of-15 extra point attempts over four games.

Jets head coach Adam Gase expressed his frustration in his team's kicking performance after NY lost by a point in their season-opener. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Ficken beat out a few other kicks for the right to take Vedvik's job.

But even before his retirement, the issue started way back in March when the team made a decision to let Pro Bowler Jason Myers walk after a career year. "We're going to try to figure out a way to fix it". He signed with the Seattle Seahawks, who gave him a $5.5 million guarantee.

So who's the new kicker? The Jets picked him up off waivers ahead of their season opener. Taylor Bertolet then got a shot, but was inconsistent over three preseason games.

New general manager Joe Douglas inherited the kicking situation because his predecessor, Mike Maccagnan, decided not to re-sign Myers.

Not too long ago, the Minnesota Vikings felt they acquired someone who could potentially solve their recent kicking troubles. I'm not talking about what happened in the past.