Catanzaro made both his field-goal attempts during Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Catanzaro continued his hot start to the year Sunday. Although the Jets don't figure to put up a lot of points this season, Catanzaro seems like a reliable three points once the team gets him in position.
Catanzaro connected on both of his field-goal attempts during Sunday's loss to the Bills. Catanzaro isn't likely to get many PAT attempts this season, but after banging in kicks from 48 and 52 yards in Week 1, the Jets are showing they have no problem giving him opportunities from deep.
Catanzaro will enter the season as the Jets' kicker following the release of Ross Martin, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. This one is a shocker, as Ross seemingly outplayed Catanzaro consistently in practice this summer. However, the Jets apparently had concerns with Ross's range and leg strength -- which is likely a critical area of importance for an offensively challenged team that could have trouble getting within scoring range on a consistent basis.
Catanzaro didn't receive a restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Catanzaro was afforded multiple game-winning field-goal attempts last season, namely in Week 1 against the Patriots and Week 7 versus the Seahawks, but he was unable to connect. By season's end, he was successful on just 21 of 28 field goals and 43 of 47 extra points, barely eking out triple-digit points for the third consecutive campaign. The Cardinals signaled that they may be moving on with Thursday's signing of veteran placekicker Phil Dawson, but there's a chance Catanzaro could re-sign at a lesser price than the aforementioned RFA tender in order to let the best man take the role in 2017.
The Jets and Catanzaro agreed to contract Friday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports. Among the 14 field-goal misfires in Catanzaro's three-year career, five of them occurred in the cozy confines of University of Phoenix Stadium last season, contributing to a success rate of 75 percent in that realm. He also hit just 91 percent of his extra points from the longer distance over the last two campaigns, but perhaps the move to the outdoors will be beneficial for the 26-year-old kicker. First, though, he'll have to outlast Ross Martin to land the Jets' No. 1 placekicker gig.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||New England Patriots||13||7.00|
|10||11/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1.00|
|13||12/03||Kansas City Chiefs||20||8.50|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||29||11.50|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Chargers||25||10.00|
|17||12/31||@New England Patriots||13||7.00|