Here’s the full training camp profile of kicker Taylor Bertolet as he prepares to earn a final roster spot on the New York Jets.
This offseason, the New York Jets have two kickers that will battle it out in training camp all summer long. Kicker Taylor Bertolet will be going up against veteran Cairo Santos for the starting job but in the grand scheme of things, he has the odds against him.
Santos has a big advantage over Bertolet as he has more experience by far. In two years of being in the NFL, he’s yet to start a single game so right off the bat, he’s on the outside looking in. Ideally, Santos on paper gives the Jets a better skill-set but that’s the beauty of training camp.
Training camp will see both do their finest to impress the decision-makers that they can be relied upon and trusted to deliver in key moments on the gridiron. Remember, in those super close games or opportunities to end a football matchup with a game-winning field goal, you need someone who is clutch. Bertolet is unproven compared to Santos who has been there and done that, despite a history of being injured.
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Here’s Bertolet’s full profile as he prepares for his first training camp with the Jets.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
Bertolet was original an undrafted free agent in 2016 and got a camp invite by the Los Angeles Rams. He played a bit for them in the preseason but didn’t make the final cut. Earlier this offseason, he resurfaced and was signed to a free agent deal by the Denver Broncos but was cut just a few weeks later. Bertolet didn’t play in any capacity last season.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
It’s unlikely he will beat out Santos in training camp but if he does, Bertolet will have a lot of growing pains as he gets used to the pros for the first time in his career. He will have to play lights out football all throughout training camp and preseason football for the Jets to go with an inexperienced rookie over a veteran of four years in Santos.
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TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
The Jets simply brought in Bertolet for training camp competition but there is no way he’ll beat out Santos. Expect to see Bertolet get cut once training camp is in the books.