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New York Jets 2019: Ranking the 53-man roster — #47 Sam Ficken

New York Jets (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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As another lost New York Jets season unfolds, it’s time to evaluate this 53-man roster from top to bottom. Let’s continue this daily ranking with Sam Ficken at #47.

. Kicker. Sam Ficken. 47. 30

One area where New York Jets coach Adam Gase deserves the most blowback is for how he really mishandled the team’s placekicking situation.

This trainwreck goes back before he was in charge — to former general manager Mike Maccagnan’s inexplicable decision to lowball the team’s dynamic All-Pro kicker Jason Myers.

That monstrous mistake led to a string of disappointments.

From the sudden training camp retirement of 2017 booter Chandler Catanzaro, and the blown preseason gift job offered to inconsistent Tayler Bertolet.

To likely the worst-ever gameday kicking exhibition by big-legged Norwegian waiver claim Kaare Vedvik (who, 12 weeks after his laughable one-game Jets career, was shockingly signed to the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad).

Prior to the season’s second game, the Jets held a circus-like tryout with multiple kickers in Florham Park that yielded Sam Ficken, an All-Big Ten Penn State star and former Indiana high school soccer legend noted for his 2014 Pinstripe Bowl overtime heroics over Boston College.

Ficken went undrafted in 2015 — before journeyman stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, and Green Bay Packers.

The kicker enjoyed the best performance of his pro career — a 44-yard “walk off” field goal with three seconds left on the clock, that resulted in an unlikely 22-21 Jets home victory over the Miami Dolphins, as he got carried off the home field by defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd.

He followed that up with a 3-for-3 day against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16 that included a career-long 54-yarder.

But the 32-team league’s No. 32-ranked kicker has simply missed too many chip-shot threes (17-of-23) and gimme PATs (22-of-25) to receive a contract to return to MetLife Stadium in 2020.

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#53 — Trumaine Johnson

#52 — Ryan Kalil

#51 — Kelechi Osemele

#50 — Quinnen Williams

#49 — Chuma Edoga

#48 — Frankie Luvu

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