New York Jets have finally signed a new Ficken kicker

Two former star NFL kickers crush Jets over their self-made mess of a kicking game

Two former star NFL kickers crush Jets over their self-made mess of a kicking game

But it was former Los Angeles Rams kicker Sam Ficken who impressed the team the most - enough to earn him a contract on the spot.

Kaare Vedvik's debut with the New York Jets on Sunday was disastrous, complete with two missed kicks in a 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Ficken was originally signed as a free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. Not only did he miss a 45-yard field goal, he miss an extra point.

Ficken, who was waived by the Packers during final cuts, made his lone field goal attempt (41 yarder) and all five PATs for Green Bay in the preseason.

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Ficken is the fourth kicker on the Jets roster since the beginning of training camp. He was eventually picked up by the New York Jets before the start of the regular season and he entered Week 1 as their starting kicker. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Ficken beat out a few other kicks for the right to take Vedvik's job.

That led them to Vedvik, who was released by the Vikings after missing three of four field goals.

The Jets didn't want to spend that much on a kicker and opted for Chandler Catanzaro, who struggled in training camp and retired abruptly after the second preseason game. The Jets let kicker Jason Myers walk in free agency, a Pro Bowler, and have had four kickers thus far this season. Taylor Bertolet replaced him, but also had issues.

New general manager Joe Douglas inherited the kicking situation because his predecessor, Mike Maccagnan, decided not to re-sign Myers. "I don't even remember what was discussed".

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