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NY Jets 2019 vs. 2022: Comparing Joe Douglas' first roster to the current team

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Braden Mann has been a mostly consistent punter for the NY Jets

Braden Mann vs. Lachlan Edwards

While punting was hardly the problem for the struggling Jets back in 2019, Lachlan Edwards wasn't quite as consistent as Braden Mann has been, despite all the extra workload he had while the offense struggled mightily.

Both men had their upsides and their downsides, but ultimately, Mann is seen as the future of the punting position at the Jets. If the team struggles again, he will be counted on to help the Jets in the field position battle as they look to get out of the cellar of the AFC.

Verdict: This battle comes out to be about even, as neither man was considered among the elite in the NFL, but both were very serviceable as punters for Gang Green.


Kickers have been a sore spot for the NY Jets in recent memory

Greg Zuerlein vs. Sam Ficken

Ever since Joe Douglas took over the Jets, they've been struggling mightily to find a consistent kicker, but not for a lack of trying as they've brought in names like Kaare Vedvik, Matt Ammendola, and Sergio Castillo, among others.

Unfortunately, nothing has worked, and that's why Douglas has brought in a veteran to battle with Eddy Pineiro in 2022. Given the career experience and success Greg Zuerlein has had, it's hard not to see him winning the job.

While Sam Ficken wasn't the worst kicker the Jets have brought in since the departure of Jason Myers, he just wasn't the answer. The Jets are hoping that Zuerlein can fill that role.

Verdict: Ficken wasn't the worst Jets option, but given the career of Greg the Leg, it's not a contest here.

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