Ficken was cut by the Jets on Friday. Fickens spent the last two seasons in New York. He suited up for nine games in 2020 and knocked in 13 of 15 field-goal attempts in the process. Ficken was 32-for-42 on field goals overall during his two years in the Big Apple. However, it looks like the team will look go in a new direction in 2021. Kicker Matt Ammendola was picked up by the team in a corresponding move and figures to compete with Chris Naggar for the job.
The Jets signed Ficken to a reserve/future contract Monday. New York parted with the 28-year-old two days ago, but Ficken is now slated to return to the team in March after knocking down 13 of 15 field-goal tries and 12 of 15 point-after attempts during 2020. His second season was better than his first with Gang Green, as Ficken converted on just 19 of 27 field-goal attempts (70.4 percent) during 2019. Chase McLaughlin is the only kicker on the Jets' active roster currently, and his contract extends into 2021.
The Jets waived Ficken on Saturday. Ficken had two kicks blocked in last week's win over the Browns. The Jets have decided to move on, handing the starting job to Chase McLaughlin instead. Ficken completed 13 of 15 field-goal attempts and 12 of 15 extra-point tries during the 2020 season.
Ficken converted one of two field-goal attempts and two of three PAT tries in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns. Ficken had a PAT attempt blocked after New York's second touchdown and a 50-yard field-goal attempt suffered the same fate, but he nailed a 34-yard field goal to stretch New York's lead to seven points late in the fourth quarter. Despite this poor performance, Ficken should maintain kicking duties for the Jets against the Patriots in Week 17.
The Jets activated Ficken (groin) from IR on Saturday. Ficken is set to kick against the Rams on Sunday after having missed three straight games due to his lingering groin injury. In seven appearances this year, Ficken has made 90 percent of his field-goal attempts (nine of 10). Of course, a matchup against the Rams may not provide him with many scoring opportunities.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|7||10/24||@New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|14||12/12||New Orleans Saints||11||6.72|
|17||01/02||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||6.75|