Who Will Be The Jets' Place Kicker
On July 23, the Jets made an interesting decision by signing veteran placekicker Billy Cundiff. Incumbent placekicker Nick Folk needs to make sure he does a superb job this off-season to keep his spot.
Folk has been the Jets placekicker for the past three seasons. His career kicking percentage has been 76.3 percent.
This statistic looks very unimpressive when Folk’s field goal percentage is compared to the rest of the league this past season.
Folk made 21 of 27 field goals last season, which equates to 77.8 percent. Folk ranked 28 out of 31 possible place kickers for field goal percentage.
That statistic shows that Folk does not deserve job security. The Jets decided to bring in some competition in hopes of Folk performing better next season.
Folk’s competition this off-season is Cundiff. Cundiff has played for 5 teams in 1 seasons.
Cundiff’s best season was in 2010 with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2010, he made 26 of 29 field goals, which equates to 89.7 percent.
The winner of this position battle will have a crucial role for the Jets season because of the offense.
The team’s offense appears to be in rebuilding mode due to the drafting of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the acquisition of New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory. This adds on to a weak wide receiver corps and tight end for Mark Sanchez or Smith to throw to.
Cundiff or Folk could potentially be the only players contributing to the scoreboard during some games due to the offense. The winner of this position battle is also important because field goals makes and misses could determine how many wins the Jets get each decision.
Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinateri is infamous for making field goals during multiple Super Bowls that helped the Patriots win multiple championships.
Folk should win the battle because of Cundiff getting the axe last season when he struggled with the Washington Redskins. Cundiff made seven of 12 field goals, which equates to a terrible 58.7 percent.
The fans may view Cundiff or Folk as goats or heroes depending on their performance this upcoming season.