After letting Chandler Catanzaro walk in free agency, the Jets went out and signed former Chief and Bear Cairo Santos. Presumably, he’ll be at the forefront of the kicking race to start the year. Let’s look at some of his numbers.
Career: 53 games, 90/107 FG (84.1%), 127/132 XP (96.2%)
2017 (KC/CHI): 5 games, 4/5 FG (80.0%), 14/14 XP (100.0%)
Santos’ 2017 was mired by injuries, first in Kansas City and then in Chicago, but his perfect conversion rate on extra points was a positive takeaway. He missed five over 2015-16.
Career Distance Breakdown: Let’s take a look at how Santos has performed at each distance tier over his career, and compare it to the 2017 NFL average.
0-19 yards: 1/1 (100.0%) - Avg: 100.0%
20-29 yards: 25/27 (92.5%) - Avg: 97.9%
30-39 yards: 34/37 (91.9%) - Avg: 85.7%
40-49 yards: 23/29 (79.3%) - Avg: 79.4%
50+ yards: 7/13 (53.8%) - Avg: 69.5%
Clutch Factor: Has Santos been clutch? Let’s look at his performance on field goals to tie or take the lead in the 4th quarter & overtime.
It’s a small sample size, but he fares well here. Santos is 6 for 7 on these kicks, an 85.7% rate that beats the league average of 78.5% on such clutch kicks.
If we extend the criteria to 4th quarter and overtime to kicks with the scoring margin between -11 and 6 (to cut the lead to one score or extend the lead to two scores), Santos still fares well. He’s 15 for 16 in these situations, a 93.8% rate that beats the league average of 82% in that scenario.
Tough Conditions Experience: Santos has zero career makes in a dome, so he’s used to kicking outside. In his short playoff career (3 games), he’s a perfect 6 for 6 on extra points and 6 for 6 on field goals. An interesting Santos split: he’s converted just 79.6% of field goals at home, and 87.9% on the road.
Is Cairo Santos the next great Jets kicker?
This poll is closed
Yes, he’ll be a legend
Yes, he’ll be a GOAT
Great? Stop. Good? Sure, I guess.
He will totally flop