The New York Jets’ search for a kicker lasted all offseason and bled into Week 1. Now, another player will get a chance to lock down the position.
The Jets have signed former Los Angeles Rams kicker Sam Ficken, who was most recently with the Green Bay Packers. Ficken impressed during an open workout today.
He’ll replace Kaare Vedvik, who had a nightmare Week 1, missing an extra point and field goal.
Ficken appeared in four games for the Rams in 2017 and 2018. He’s 14-of-15 on extra points and 3-of-6 on field goals in his career and also handles kickoff duties.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2019
As we said, the kicking game has been an issue for the Jets since Jason Myers signed with the Seattle Seahawks in March. Chandler Catanzaro struggled in August before abruptly retiring and Taylor Bertolet wasn’t much better.
The team claimed Vedvik off waivers after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings. However, they clearly have run out of patience with him as well.
Ficken will get his first chance to kick for Gang Green on Monday night when the Jets host the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium.