Report: New York Jets to Sign Kicker Sam Ficken

By RLR Staff on September 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm
Jul 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars punter Brad Nortman (3) and place kicker Sam Ficken (1) talk on the field during training camp at Practice Fields at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Updated [3:20 p.m.]: The Jets have confirmed the signing of Sam Ficken and Kaare Vedvik's release.

After bouncing around to five different teams, it appears Sam Ficken is finally getting his shot as a starting kicker in the National Football League. According to a report by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the former Nittany Lion will be signing with the New York Jets.

The Jets brought in five kickers on Monday for a competition to replace Kaare Vedvik, who struggled during a week one loss to the Buffalo Bills. Ficken beat out Elliott Fry, Younghoe Koo, Tristan Vizcaino, and Greg Joseph for the job.

Ficken spent the preseason with the Green Bay before being waived on August 31 as teams got down to their final 53-man rosters. In addition to the Packers, he has previously spent time with the Seahawks, Rams (twice), Chiefs, and the Jaguars.

His only regular season action came in his two separate stints in Los Angeles while replacing injured regular Greg Zuerlein. In 2017, he went 1-for-3 in field goal attempts while hitting all ten of his extra points. Last season was 2-for-3 on kicks, and 4-for-5 on extra points.  

Ficken is of course a favorite among many Penn State fans. After a disastrous start to his career in 2012, he recovered to become one of the more reliable kickers in program history.

Good luck in New York, Mr. Automatic!

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