Jets sign Sam Ficken to solve kicking woes, waive Vedvik

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

The New York Jets' kicking game, to put it kindly, is a total mess.

Myers is now with the Seahawks and went a flawless 3-for-3 in Seattle's win over the Bengals on Sunday.

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. A familiar face in Taylor Bertolet was brought back only for him to prove that he wasn't the answer after a disastrous summer. That someone was Kaare Vedvik and to land him, the Vikings sent a 2020 fifth-round draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens in August.

Ficken is 3 for 6 on field goals in four career games, and is 1 for 2 on extra points.

Now, it appears as though Vedvik's tenure in NY is finished after just one week.

This is the latest chapter in the Jets' kicking saga.

Ficken's only National Football League experience is filling in for injured Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein in 2017 and 2018. The Jets signed him after staging a five-kicker tryout Tuesday morning.

Ficken kicked collegiately at Penn State, making 72% of his field goal attempts and 97.3% of his point-after attempts.

After bouncing around a few team's preseason rosters, Ficken was finally given his chance with the Rams following an injury to Greg Zuerlein. This time, however, would not prove to be as successful. His longest make was 34 yards.

The team also announced it waived Kaare Vedvik after he missed an extra point and a 45-yard field-goal attempt in the Jets' 17-16 season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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