McLaughlin made both PAT attempts and didn't attempt a field goal in Sunday's 28-14 loss to New England. McLaughlin made his Jets debut in the season finale after the team waived Sam Ficken. The 24-year-old Illinois product could compete for the kicking job in New York next season, though he didn't do much to give himself a leg up in that competition with this quiet performance.
McLaughlin will be the Jets' starting kicker in Sunday's game against the Patriots following news that the team waived Sam Ficken. McLaughlin has played 18 games for four different teams -- the Jets will be his fifth -- since entering the league in 2019. In that stretch, McLaughlin has connected on 22 of 28 field-goal attempts and 29 of 30 extra-point tries. Week 17 may serve as a tryout for McLaughlin's future with the team.
McLaughlin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. McLaughlin was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Dec. 14, but he has yet to suit up for Gang Green. Sam Ficken will continue to be the team's starting kicker.
The Jets claimed McLaughlin off waivers from the Jaguars on Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. McLaughlin missed two kicks in last week's 27-24 loss to the Vikings, leading to the Jaguars cutting him Saturday. He could land on his feet with a starting role in New York. In this past Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks, Jets kicker Sergio Castillo missed three of four field-goal tries, and his tenure with the team is likely coming to an end. In turn, McLaughlin likely will start in Sunday's game against the Rams as long as Sam Ficken (groin) doesn't return from IR.
The Jaguars waived McLaughlin on Saturday. McLaughlin missed two costly kicks in last week's 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings, leading to yet another rotation for Jacksonville's kickers. The Jags signed Aldrick Rosas to the active roster in a corresponding move, and he'll be the team's starting kicker Sunday against the Titans. If McLaughlin clears waivers, he has a good chance to revert to the team's practice squad.
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