Feely's a popular guy among Jets fans. Originally signed as a stopgap replacement until Mike Nugent got healthy in 2008, Feely kicked so well that he took the kicker job and never gave it back. He's hit 54 of 64 regular season attempts in two years. He is also a polished guy and active on Twitter. The former Giant also has plenty of experience kicking in the Meadowlands, although it's unclear how the wind will play in the new stadium. He even did an admirable job in spot punting duty in the Playoffs.
I personally think he's a bit overrated. There is only so much stats say about kickers. I think the kicker position is similar to closer in baseball. Guys who hold both roles have limited high pressure spots where they enter games. A lot of them put up great stats, but there are only a few you can really trust to deliver when everything is on the line. Feely hasn't missed many kicks as a Jet, but the ones he has missed have tended to hurt (one in an overtime loss to Buffalo, one and one blocked in the Atlanta debacle, two in the AFC Championship Game). If your life depended on a kicker making a 45 yard field goal, would you feel safe with Feely? I don't think I would.
I vote to keep Feely. It's one thing to say he's not an elite kicker. It's not easy to find one, though. He is better than most. I also would like to see the Jets look through the CFL, UFL, and undrafted free agents. Bring in some competition for Feely. You can find a great kicker off the scrap heap. They might find that rock solid kicker. If it doesn't work out, they can always come back to Jay.
How do you vote?
Should the Jets bring back Jay Feely in 2010?
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