NY Jets target: Evan McPherson/Austin Seibert, K, Cincinnati Bengals
Unlike Jose Borregales in Tampa or Jake Verity in Baltimore, there's a legit chance that Evan McPherson, the Bengals' fifth-round pick out of Florida, makes their roster. Right now, he and Austin Seibert are in a heated battle for place-kicking duties in Cincinnati.
In Week 1 of the preseason, Seibert and McPherson both went 2-for-2 on their field goal attempts.
It's not sexy, but Seibert could be a veteran option for the Jets to look at. He is a career 81 percent field goal kicker, but the knock-on him has been his lack of range on longer field goals — 61 percent on kicks longer than 40 yards throughout his career.
McPherson had a phenomenal career at Florida in which he connected on 85 percent of his field goals and only missed one extra point. He also made 5-of-8 career field goal attempts from at least 50 yards with the Gators.
Unless he falters mightily in the next two weeks, the likelihood is very slim that McPherson doesn't make the Bengals roster. But if for some chance, he doesn't, the Jets should put in a claim.
The Jets are hoping that they don't have to cross this bridge come August 31st. And the hope is that Matt Ammendola takes hold of the job and finally provides long-term stability to the Jets kicking position.
The kicking position is not a desirable topic to focus on. But the truth is that if the Jets don't get stability at the position, it could cost them games this coming season and beyond.