Breaking: Sam Ficken Wins Jets’ Kicker Job

After a long & grueling training camp, Sam Ficken has won the New York Jets‘ kicking job. Correspondingly, the team cut Brett Maher, Ficken’s competition.

The Jets signed Maher to a reserve/future contract on December 31. This came weeks after the Dallas Cowboys cut him earlier that month.

Brett Maher struggled mightily in 2019 with the Cowboys. In 13 games with the team, he connected for 20 field goals on 30 attempts, averaging out to a 66.7% field goal percentage. However, Maher did connect on 100 percent of his extra points.

Clearly, he’s still struggling to find his former self.

After Week 1’s debacle against the Buffalo Bills, the Jets were desperate for a kicker and signed Sam Ficken. Before Week 1, the Jets claimed kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik off of the waiver wire.  Vedvik didn’t connect for any points in that game, missing his only chances at a field goal and extra point.

Sam Ficken would take the kicking reins from there. However, he was quite inconsistent. Ficken connected on 19 field goals on 27 attempts, averaging out to a 70.4% kicking percentage. He connected on 88.5% of his extra points.

One of his better kicks came in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins. With the game clock winding down,  Ficken connected on a 44-yard field goal to win the game for the Jets.

If Ficken truly wants to make his mark on this team, he’ll have to vastly improve from last season. He’ll need to improve on such things like extra points and mid-range field goals.

With Sam Ficken winning the job, the Jets have to insure he improves. The Jets do not wanna put themselves in a position they were last season. You don’t want to throw away games.

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