The undrafted free agent kicker from Southern Methodist will bring his trick-shot kicking skills to the New York Jets.
After a 2020 season in which they ranked 26th in field goal percentage (75.0%) and 32nd in extra point percentage (83.3%), the kicker position was a need for the New York Jets entering the 2021 offseason.
Joe Douglas did not address the weakness in free agency or the draft, but he finally pounced following the conclusion of the seventh round, signing Southern Methodist product Chris Naggar as an undrafted free agent to compete against currently-rostered kickers Caleb McLaughlin and Sam Ficken.
The Arlington, TX native has made a name for himself on social media with his knack for attempting and converting some highly impressive kicks on the practice field.
Naggar sneaks a 71-yarder through the bottom-left corner here.
— Jet Up Nation (@jetupnationcrew) May 2, 2021
This time, Naggar spins a dormant ball into an upright position using his left foot and then drains a 45-yarder.
Very accurate positioning with the left foot on the spin, placing the three-quarters point of his foot directly on the nose of the ball. Great velocity on the spin. Good patience/anticipation to perfectly time his windup w/ the ball getting vertical. Clean kick form. Elite stuff https://t.co/CmjHFjaWZP pic.twitter.com/bihV3F1RVb
— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) May 2, 2021
Showing his ability to get the ball over the mammoths on the line of scrimmage, Naggar cans a 55.5-yarder while clearing a 7-foot net.
— Chris Naggar (@chrisnaggar) December 14, 2016
Naggar spent four years at the University of Texas without attempting a field goal before transferring to SMU for his redshirt senior season. He made a solid 81.0% of his field goals (17 for 21) but struggled with extra points, converting only 93.5% and missing three of 46 from the collegiate 20-yard distance.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder also handled punting duties, sending off 29 punts for a 39.3-yard average (36.8 net yards).
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