Can Matt Ammendola be the NY Jets' solution at kicker?
Will Matt Ammendola bring long-term stability to the Jets' kicking position? His overall body of work in college was average.
At Oklahoma State, he connected on 97 percent of his extra points and 76 percent of his field goals. The book on him is his leg strength, but he surprisingly only connected on two kicks beyond 50 yards his college career (both 53-yards).
With the Jets' kicking room all to himself now, the job is Ammendola's to lose. The audition begins in the Jets' second preseason game in Green Bay this coming weekend, followed by the preseason finale at home against the Eagles.
The truth is that even if Ammendola locks down the kicking job for Week 1 in Carolina, his leash will be short. As an unknown with no proven track record, any slight hiccup could be his last.
But first things first, while Robert Saleh has given his current neophyte kicker a vote of confidence, there's no doubt that the Jets' front office will be looking at their fallback options if Ammendola falters during his two-week audition.
And the Jets' Week 1 kicker might be on another team's roster.
The team could make a play for an experienced veteran free agent like Stephen Gostkowski or Dan Bailey. Still, there are some intriguing young prospects and a couple of veterans who are currently in kicking battles on NFL rosters who could serve as viable options, should they be released at final roster cuts.
Keep in mind, the Jets are second in the waiver claim order behind only Jacksonville based on last year's standings.