The New York Jets believe the fourth time's a charm when it comes to finding a permanent kicker. New York had a kicker tryout Tuesday, which Sam Ficken emerged as the winner. Ficken will kick for the Jets in Monday's matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the fourth kicker for the team in a month.
Former Pro Bowl kicker Lawrence Tynes and former NFL kicker Jay Feely, who played 14 seasons and is now a CBS broadcaster, expressed their displeasure with the Jets kicking situation. The Jets had a Pro Bowl kicker in Jason Myers who converted 91.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 90.9 percent of his extra points last season. They decided to move on from Myers and let him leave in free agency, creating this kicking problem.
Blows my mind that they let Myers walk. A young Pro Bowl Kicker is worth every cent. Instead, they go cheap and this is what they get. My Dad always told me, you get what you pay for. I like Ficken, has had some good moments in the NFL hopefully he does well there. https://t.co/1ln23d99OW— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) September 10, 2019
The Jets have struggled to find a kicker in the post-Myers era. Chandler Catanzaro surprisingly retired from the NFL following a forgettable preseason opener in which he missed two extra points in the Jets' first preseason game. The Jets then turned to Taylor Bertolet, who finished 2-of-5 on field goal attempts with the longest kick going 39 yards. He finished the preseason 5-of-8, going 2-of-4 on extra point attempts.