The New York Jets have signed kicker Matt Ammendola and cut kicker Sam Ficken.
This move seemed long overdue. Ficken has been a well below average kicker in his time with the Jets, and he struggled throughout OTAs and early in training camp this year. Ficken ends his Jets career having hit on just 32 of 42 field goal attempts with the Jets. He missed five out nine from 50+ yards out, and he made just 12 out of 21 on attempts longer than 39 yards. Ficken also missed 6 of 41 extra point attempts with the Jets.
New Jets kicker Matt Ammendola was undrafted coming out of Oklahoma State in 2020. He has never kicked in an NFL game. On paper Ammendola may not be much of an upgrade over Ficken. He hit on just 77% of his field goal attempts in college, and connected on 98% of his extra point attempts. Ammendola finished his career at Oklahoma State ranking top five in school history in points scored, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, extra points made and extra points attempted.
Ammendola will now compete with Chris Naggar for the Jets’ open kicker position. With these two the only kickers currently on the Jets roster, the Jets opening day kicker may well be in camp with some other NFL team right now.