The Jets have waived Ammendola. Ammendola was the Jets' kicker through the team's first 11 games last season before giving way to Eddy Pineiro. Though Ammendola inked a reserve/future contract with New York on Jan. 10, he's now the odd man out, with both Pineiro and Greg Zuerlein currently under contract with the franchise.
Ammendola signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on Monday. Ammendola began the season as New York's kicker and went 13-for-19 on field-goal attempts and 14-for-15 on PATs before being cut in early December. He stuck around on the practice squad and will hope to get another opportunity in 2022.
Ammendola was added to the Jets' practice squad Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports. The kicker was waived by the Jets on Saturday, but he will return to the team's practice squad after going unclaimed. In 11 games this season, Ammendola has gone 13 for 19 on field goals, and 14 for 15 on PATs. He is likely to remain on the practice squad for the time being, as the Jets just signed Eddy Pineiro to the active roster Monday.
Ammendola made two of three field-goal attempts and converted his only PAT attempt in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Texans. Ammendola sandwiched a 42-yard miss in between makes from 31 and 37. Coach Robert Saleh hinted earlier that the Jets could bring in a different kicker if Ammendola's accuracy issues persist, and the rookie didn't make a strong case for keeping his job with this performance.
Ammendola could be at risk of losing his spot on the roster after head coach Robert Saleh hinted at the possibility of the Jets working out other kickers this week, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports. Ammendola missed field-goal attempts of 55 and 40 yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Dolphins and now has missed four kicks in total over the past five weeks. Given the struggles of the Jets offense to consistently produce touchdowns on a weekly basis, having a reliable option in the kicking game is essential, and Ammendola's 69 percent success rate on field-goal attempts isn't getting the job done. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old rookie, he doesn't have an NFL track record to fall back on, which could make it easier for the Jets to pull the plug on him than if he were a struggling veteran.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||4||5.89|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||1||5.44|
|11||11/20||@New England Patriots||1||5.44|