Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets placekicker Nick Folk (2) kicks a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The New York Jets won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
For the last couple of weeks, we have been playing fantasy GM at the Jet Press, with our “Out the Door” or “Back for More” series. We have covered the quarterbacks, the running backs, the receivers, the tight ends, the offensive line, the defensive line, the linebackers, the cornerbacks, and the safeties.
Tonight, we we wait to hear from John Idzik for the first time as our new general manager, we finish out the series with the Special Teams edition, specifically the kicker and punter, as we have addressed the guys in the return in game at their natural positions. Let’s get to it:
NICK FOLK, KICKER: If you have followed us all year long, you know that at the beginning of the 2012 season, I was pulling for Josh Brown to win the kicking job with the team. I felt that he was a more consistent kicker for his career. However, he didn’t, and we had Nick Folk back. To his credit, he was actually very consistent for most of the year. He made all of his extra point attempts, and went 21-27 in field goal attempts. However, we all know that the special teams fell off in the latter part of the season, and the field goal team was no different. Three of Nick Folk’s kicks were blocked, which Nick doesn’t have much control over. Take out those three, and Nick only cleanly missed 3 kicks, and perfect from inside of 40 yards, which is a terrific year. His kickoff numbers are average, but his reliability with field goals is the most important attribute. I wouldn’t object to competition coming in again, but Nick Folk should be signed, and……..
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ROBERT MALONE, PUNTER: I am not going to bore you to death with Malone’s attributes, as we talked in detail about him in the “Unsung Hero” post. He was a weapon in punting the ball out of bounds, and kicking it with top flight hang time so it could not be returned. Time and time again, a Robert Malone punt resulted in the opponent starting inside their own 20. Malone should obviously be……..
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