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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


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Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
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elehtis
elehtis
1 year ago

Mr Koo will do!

billyoak
billyoak
1 year ago

I hate to generalize, but I wonder how much kicking primarily indoors contributed to Koo’s recent success. I feel as if Carlson is the best of the bunch, but I doubt JD will meet the tender. I wonder if they’ll go the UDFA route this year.

billyoak
billyoak
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael Nania

Thanks for the response. If I remember correctly, Slye, Hopkins, Prater and Gonzalez names have all be tied to a year or two of great success. I guess it’s good that there legitimate options out there. Is there one kicker you have on your short list?