Home | Articles | Analytics | Breaking down 2021 free agent kicker options for the New York Jets

Breaking down 2021 free agent kicker options for the New York Jets

Nick Folk
(Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

The New York Jets desperately need a new kicker. Will there be any potential solutions on the free agent market?

Since letting Jason Myers walk in free agency following his Pro Bowl season in 2018, the kicker position has been a major weakness for the New York Jets. Throwing out Kaare Vedvik (1 game) and Sam Ficken (15 games) in 2019, the Jets ranked 31st in field goal percentage (67.9%) and 31st in extra point percentage (85.2%). Behind the combination of Ficken (9 games), Sergio Castillo (6 games), and Chase McLaughlin (1 game) in 2020, the Jets ranked 26th in field goal percentage (75.0%) and 32nd in extra point percentage (83.3%).

Finding an answer at kicker must be on the shopping list for Joe Douglas and the Jets over the next few months. Could they find their man on the free agent market?

Let’s dive into the numbers behind all of the impending free agent kickers that played a significant amount of time in the 2020 season.

Younghoe Koo (Falcons)

  • Age on 9/1/21: 27.1
  • Free agent type: Unrestricted
  • 2020 field goal percentage: 94.9% (5th of 33 qualifiers)
  • 2020 average field goal attempt distance: 38.4 yards (18th of 33)
  • Career field goal percentage: 88.7% (4th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • 2020 extra point percentage: 91.7% (20th of 33)
  • Career extra point percentage: 93.4% (25th of 43 active qualifiers*)
  • Career opponent average starting field position on kickoffs: 25.9-yard line (2020 average: 25.8)
  • Career kickoff hang time: 3.95 seconds (2020 average: 3.98)

*- includes only attempts made since 2015, the season that extra points were moved from 20 to 33 yards.

Younghoe Koo Stats 2

Daniel Carlson (Raiders)

  • Age on 9/1/21: 26.6
  • Free agent type: Restricted
  • 2020 field goal percentage: 94.3% (6th of 33 qualifiers)
  • 2020 average field goal attempt distance: 32.6 yards (33rd of 33)
  • Career field goal percentage: 84.1% (19th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • 2020 extra point percentage: 95.7% (10th of 33)
  • Career extra point percentage: 96.3% (9th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • Career opponent average starting field position on kickoffs: 25.5-yard line (2020 average: 25.8)
  • Career kickoff hang time: 4.08 seconds (2020 average: 3.98)

Daniel Carlson Stats 2

Cairo Santos (Bears)

  • Age on 9/1/21: 29.8
  • Free agent type: Unrestricted
  • 2020 field goal percentage: 93.8% (7th of 33 qualifiers)
  • 2020 average field goal attempt distance: 36.2 yards (27th of 33)
  • Career field goal percentage: 83.1% (25th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • 2020 extra point percentage: 97.3% (6th of 33)
  • Career extra point percentage: 95.8% (11th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • Career opponent average starting field position on kickoffs: 24.6-yard line (2020 average: 25.8)
  • Career kickoff hang time: 3.99 seconds (2020 average: 3.98)

Cairo Santos Stats

Nick Folk (Patriots)

  • Age on 9/1/21: 36.8
  • Free agent type: Unrestricted
  • 2020 field goal percentage: 92.9% (8th of 33 qualifiers)
  • 2020 average field goal attempt distance: 37.9 yards (22nd of 33)
  • Career field goal percentage: 81.4% (34th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • 2020 extra point percentage: 90.9% (26th of 33)
  • Career extra point percentage: 92.9% (28th of 43 active qualifiers)
  • Was not used as primary kickoff specialist from 2019-20

Nick Folk Stats


Jets X-Factor Membership
Sorry, the content stops here if you’re not a Jet X Member, not currently logged-in, or viewing from an outside source such as Google AMP or an RSS Feed where logged-in status is not possible.

Get Started with the button below to access this Jets X-Factor article and the best damn New York Jets content in the world for free (after becoming a member, search for this article near the bottom of the Membership Confirmation page):
Jets X-Factor, Get Started
Log In with the button below if you’re already a member:
Jets X-Factor, Log In
Connect with the button below if you’d like to create a free account first:
Jets X-Factor, Connect

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Android (Google Play) device.

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly Twitter) @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author

Comments

0 0 votes
Article Rating
5 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments