Jets To Hold Kicker Tryout

While the Bears this offseason garnered more publicity than just about any kicker-seeking team ever has, the Jets are entering that realm. They are almost certainly set to move to a fourth kicker in less than a month.

The Jets will hold a kicker tryout on Tuesday, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweets. Sam Ficken, Greg Joseph, Elliott Fry, Younghoe Koo, and Tristan Vizcaino will vie to replace the struggling Kaare Vedvik, according to Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

Adam Gase‘s official word has not yet sealed Vedvik’s fate, but Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News notes the first-year Jets coach was “fuming” regarding the recently acquired kicker on Sunday night (Twitter link). Vedvik missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal in what became a one-point Jets loss to the Bills. The hybrid specialist is 1-for-5 on field goals since being traded from the Ravens to the Vikings in the second week of the preseason.

Vedvik loomed as a Ravens trade chip for two offseasons, and after spending the 2018 season on Baltimore’s IR list, the Ravens acquired a fifth-round pick for him. The Vikings were set to offer a practice squad spot to Vedvik before the Jets made a waiver claim. The Vikings have another kicker, Chase McLaughlin, on their P-squad.

The Jets opted to let 2018 Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers defect to the Seahawks in free agency. Replacement Chandler Catanzaro retired in mid-August, and the team added AAF alum Taylor Bertolet. The Vedvik claim sent Bertolet back to the waiver wire. Despite a versatile skill set that stems from extensive punting experience as well, Vedvik looks set to head there again soon.

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17 comments on “Jets To Hold Kicker Tryout

  1. Rocket32

    Can someone please explain to me why Maccagnan thought that letting Jason Myers leave was a good idea?

    • natsfan3437

      Because the jets have had a pattern of letting special teams players go once they become good because they had a really good special teams coach that got good production out of average players. They did the same thing with the return man Roberts.

    • Freddie Morales

      Was so stupid. Had so much cap space, why not bring back a good kicker??

  2. JJB0811

    Only a crappy coach blames a kicker for his team’s failure’s rather than hold himself accountable. He had 6-7 months to find a kicker and couldn’t? That O looked liked it existed when they wore leather helmets.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      O-Line was terrible. The kicker missed a FG on a bad snap. But, replacing a kicker isn’t the sign of a bad team. Bring in 20 guys for a tryout, sign one, keep him out there til he goes bad, rinse, repeat.

      • crosseyedlemon

        When a defense forces 4 turnovers the team should cruise to a win. Jets problems go beyond the kicker.

  3. crazylarry

    Sounds like a Carl “ I never won anything but the LARGEST EGO CONTEST” Peterson. “ Hey a kicker isn’t anything let’s bring in Lin Elliott”. 3 clanks later and Carl packed up his ego after a 13-3 season and went home. Jets are pretty much the same as Carl on intelligence.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Vinatieri had a bad game but I don’t think the Colts will be making him available to the Jets.

  5. Nobby

    Adam Gaze is a loser. He was made for the Jets and that was the most enjoyable game I’ve watched in years.

    • dray16

      He’s horrible but gets a job because Peyton Manning brags him up and who can disagree with that idol.

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