Forbath will work out for the Jets on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Forbath was released by the Vikings on Monday, losing a kicking battle to rookie fifth-round pick Daniel Carlson. The Jets appear to have zero confidence in Taylor Bertolet, as they claimed Jason Myers off waivers Tuesday and may soon add another kicker to the roster. Forbath made 32 of 38 field-goal attempts (84.2 percent) for the Vikings last season, but he missed five PATs.
Forbath was released by the Vikings on Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Forbath missed a 41-yard field goal in Saturday's preseason loss to the Jaguars, after watching rookie fifth-round pick Daniel Carlson nail a 57-yarder the previous week. This was the probable outcome all along, despite Forbath's competent work as the Vikings' kicker last season. The 30-year-old should be near the top of the list for any team that ends up scrambling for a kicker.
Forbath went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts during Saturday's 14-10 preseason loss to the Jaguars. Forbath connected on a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, but he watched in agony as an attempt from 41 yards out clanked off the upright in the second stanza. He is in the midst of a position battle with rookie Daniel Carlson this preseason and Saturday's miscue could give the latter first crack at field goal opportunities next week against the Seahawks.
Forbath was limited to kickoffs in Minnesota's first preseason game, while rookie Daniel Carlson was four for four in field goal and point-after attempts (including a 57-yard field goal). However, head coach Mike Zimmer said the competition remains open. "We want to make sure we're doing the right thing as opposed to a hasty decision," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The two kickers will likely reverse roles in the second preseason game with Forbath getting chances to kick field goals. Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason, but the Vikings later took Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. We'd think Carlson would be the favorite for the job since the Vikings spent a draft pick on him, but the competition remains open.
Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson were "neck and neck" all spring in the competition for the starting placekicker job and the competition may last through the first couple of preseason games or longer, special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer told Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the Vikings later took Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. We'd think Carlson would be the favorite for the job since the Vikings spent a draft pick on him, but the competition will be one to watch this preseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||9||6.67|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||7||6.60|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||8||6.67|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||26||8.83|