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Will Jets be kicking themselves this year?
Posted May. 20 at 09:52 PM
Kickers get no respect, and sometimes you can understand it. They can lose it just like that, going from one of the league's most accurate kickers to an "idiot" who got liquored up and made stupid statements almost overnight.
That said, while the Jets were busy in the offseason upgrading their offense (Santonio Holmes) and defense (Antonio Cromartie, Jason Taylor), they elected to let a pretty reliable kicker the last two seasons, Jay Feely, leave in free agency. It's early, but it's beginning to appear that they may regret it.
Nick Folk, who struggled so badly in Dallas last year that he was released, is New York's planned replacement. He reportedly missed his first four kicks yesterday, before ultimately settling in as "adequate" according to the New York Daily News' Jets Stream blog. That's better than undrafted free agent Clint Stitser, who the newspaper described as "borderline brutal."
Rex Ryan tends to tell it like it is, albeit with a sizable amount of optimism and confidence, so when he admits "concern" over the kicker situation, you know there's worry within the team. For a team that figures to play some low-scoring defensive struggles, that's a problem they need to get sorted out.
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