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Jets sign kicker Sam Ficken to replace ineffective Kaare Vedvik

13 September 2019

The Bills beat the New York Jets 17-16 and the blame has been placed on Kaare Vedvik a bit.

NY opened training camp with Chandler Catanzaro, who surprisingly retired after a shaky preseason opener during which he missed two extra points.

After Vedvik missed a field goal and an extra point attempt during the Jets' 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, NY waived him and signed Sam Ficken on Tuesday to be their new kicker moving forward. He has hit from 21, 23 and 34 yards, missed from 28, 36 and 46 yards and is 14 of 15 on extra points.

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Ficken attempted only one field goal for the Packers in the preseason (he made it), and was 5-for-5 on extra points.

Once again, the Jets will add a kicker.

An Indiana native, Ficken has one the more fascinating recent redemption stories in Lions lore, as a rocky start eventually morphed into game-winning kicks to upset Wisconsin in 2012, beat UCF in Ireland in 2014, and walk-off the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College the same year.

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Could he be the answer at the kicker position that the Jets have been searching for?

On Monday, coach Adam Gase expressed his frustration, saying, "What do you want me to do?" Taylor Bertolet replaced him, but also had issues. "We're going to try to figure out a way to fix it".

That led them to Vedvik, who was released by the Vikings after missing three of four field goals. The Jets picked him up off waivers ahead of their season opener. I'm not talking about what happened in the past.

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Jets sign kicker Sam Ficken to replace ineffective Kaare Vedvik