NY Jets target: Jake Verity, K, Baltimore Ravens
The thought of Joe Douglas going back to the Baltimore Ravens well for another kicker might give Jets fans some pause after the Kaare Vedvik debacle in 2019. But there's no denying Baltimore's track record for finding and developing kickers.
The Ravens have been a factory for young undrafted kickers like Robbie Gould, Graham Gano, Stephen Hauschka, and Will Lutz. The aforementioned names all have something in common. They couldn't beat out potential Hall of Famer Justin Tucker (or another kicker) but found success elsewhere.
Could East Carolina rookie Jake Verity be next in line of succession?
The former Lou Groza Award semifinalist was one of the nation's top college kickers before having an up and down 2020 season at ECU, where he missed seven field goals. Some attributed Verity's decline last year to him kicking at less than a hundred percent.
In 2018 and 2019, Verity connected on 43-of-50 field goals (86 percent) and 60-of-61 extra points with four kicks over 50 yards in that time frame.
In Week 1 of the NFL preseason, Verity made a great debut for Baltimore in their victory over the Saints. Verity had an impressive showing going 2-for-2 with field goals made from 42 and 53 yards during the contest.
The undrafted rookie could be on his way to Baltimore's practice squad — that is unless the Jets or another team does what NFL teams have done in past summers to Ravens backup kickers and claim him.