Former NY Jets kickers continue their takeover of the NFL

NY Jets, Matt Ammendola
NY Jets, Matt Ammendola / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets have gone through an absurd number of kickers over the last half decade or so. From Sam Ficken to Kaare Vedvik, the list of failed former Jets kickers is seemingly endless.

But what you might not realize is that many of those former Jets kickers are still on NFL rosters. It would be difficult to calculate the totals for every team, but it's hard to imagine any NFL team comes close to matching the number of former kickers the Jets have employed by other organizations at the moment.

At the time of writing, a whopping 10 former Jets kickers are currently on NFL teams — eight of whom have been with the Jets within the last four years. That's downright ridiculous.

The list includes Eddy Pineiro (Carolina Panthers), Matt Ammendola (Arizona Cardinals), Chase McLaughlin (Indianapolis Colts), Brett Maher (Dallas Cowboys), Taylor Bertolet (Los Angeles Chargers), Jason Myers (Seattle Seahawks), Cairo Santos (Chicago Bears), Sam Ficken (Detroit Lions), Nick Folk (New England Patriots), and Randy Bullock (Tennessee Titans).

The latest addition to that list is Ficken who officially signed with the Lions on Tuesday. There's a good chance he's Detroit's kicker in Week 6.

In fact, it would be easier to list the Jets kickers who have spent time with the team within the last four years that are not on NFL rosters. Those players are Chris Naggar, Alex Kessman, Sergio Castillo, Chandler Catanzaro, and Kaare Vedvik.

That's it. Just five out of a possible 13. Catanzaro is retired. Castillo and Vedvik are playing in the CFL. The rest are unemployed.

If you include Greg Zuerlein, current/former Jets kickers are currently employed by 11 of the 32 NFL teams — over a third of the league. What a weird, uninspiring-but-also-somewhat-impressive stat.

The NY Jets hope Greg Zuerlein ends their yearly kicker turnover

The Jets signed Zuerlein this past offseason with the hope that he can break the curse the team has endured at the position for the last half-decade. The former All-Pro got off to a rough start missing a field goal and an extra point in Week 1, but he's been perfect since.

Zuerlein has nailed kicks from 52 and even 57 yards out this season proving that, even as he approaches 35 years old, he still possesses the same leg strength that he did when he was younger.

The Jets have struggled to find any semblance of consistency at the kicker position since the departure of Jason Myers, although it is notable that so many former Jets kickers remain in the NFL.

Guys like Bullock, Folk, McLaughlin, and even Maher have put together solid campaigns so far. Maybe there's something to this Jets kicker turnover. Maybe we're looking at this the wrong way.

Perhaps Brant Boyer and the Jets are a kicker factory. They're an organization that breeds and develops kickers for other NFL teams to maximize.

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Whatever the case, let's just hope that Zuerlein saves his best kicks for his time in green and white.