Report: Jets Holding Kicker Tryouts Tuesday

Ryan Chatelain
September 09, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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The Jets could soon be on to their fourth kicker since training camp opened.

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After Kaare Vedvik missed an extra point and a field goal in the Jets' 17-16 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Gang Green will hold kicker tryouts Tuesday, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported . 

"We just have to get better," Jets coach Adam Gase. "We have to make extra points. We have to make field goals. We can't be losing points in those areas of the field."

The Jets let Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers walk to Seattle in free agency this offseason. They brought back Chandler Catanzaro, who was their kicker in 2017, but he abruptly retired after missing two extra points in the preseason opener. The Jets then signed Taylor Bertolet, who was 5-of-8 on field goals and missed two extra point tries himself in the preseason.

Just before the start of the regular season, the Jets released Bertolet and signed Vedvik, who started the preseason with the Ravens and was then traded to the Vikings for a fifth-round pick before being cut by Minnesota. Vedvik remains on the Jets' roster for now.

It's not clear which kickers the Jets are bringing in on for a workout, but here are some of the bigger names available. Of course, any kicker who's looking for a job at this point is going to come with warts.

• Greg Joseph, who spent last season with Cleveland, going 17-of-20 on field goals but just 25-of-29 on extra points.

• Giorgio Tavecchio, who kicked for the Raiders in 2017 and spent three games with the Falcons last season. He is 21-of-26 on field goals and 41-of-42 on extra points for his career. He booted a career-long 56-yarder in a win over the Giants last season.

• Blair Walsh, a former Pro Bowl kicker with the Vikings who also spent a year in Seattle. Walsh hasn't kicked in a regular season game since 2017 and is best remembered for missing a 27-yard, would-be game-winner against the Seahawks in the 2015 playoffs.

• Cody Parkey, who has spent time with the Eagles, Browns, Dolphins and Bears. He is 99-of-118 on field goals (83.9%) and 149-of-156 on extra points. Parkey's 43-yard double-doink prevented Chicago from advancing in the playoffs last year. He tried out for the Jets earlier last month. 

• Elliott Fry, who went 14-of-14 for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football this year. Fry was 3-of-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points with the Bears and Ravens this preseason.

• And, of course, there's women's soccer superstar Carli Lloyd, who kicked a 55-yarder at Eagles training camp last month and says she's entertaining the idea of giving the NFL a try.