FLORHAM PARK, ST. J. – The New York Jets have changed their kicks. Again.
Two days after Kaare Vedwick's disastrous debut in the NFL, the Jets signed Sam Fiken, who was recently cut off by the Green Bay Packers.
Fiken, who was on the Packers' preseason roster, will be their fourth kicker since the start of training camp.
Vedwick was denied.
The Jets selected Ficken after a morning test at their facility, which consisted of five free-agent attackers. His only regular season experience came in 2017 and 2018 with the Los Angeles Owens, but those were just four games. He made three of six field goals (34 yards long) and was 14-for-15 on extra points.
Ficken tried just one field goal for the Packers in the preseason (he did), and was 5-for-5 for extra points.
On Monday, coach Adam Gus expressed his dissatisfaction, saying, "What do you want me to do? We have not done well. We will try to figure out a way to fix it."
Jason Myers – Pro Bowl selection – through free agency. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks, which gave him a $ 5.5 million guarantee.
The Jets did not want to spend so much on a kick and chose Chandler Catanzaro, who struggled in training camp and abruptly retired after the second preseason game. .
This led them to Vedwick, who was released by the Vikings after missing three of four field goals. It was stunning because they had traded a heel for him.
The Jets loved the power of Vedwick's legs, thinking they could get it in just a week for the opener. That didn't happen.
The new general manager Joe Douglas inherited the kicking situation because his predecessor, Mike Makanyan, decided not to re-sign Myers. Gus was part of that decision, but he wasn't in the mood to think about it.
"That was a long time ago," Gass said. "I don't even remember what was discussed. I'm not talking about what happened in the past. It doesn't matter."