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NY Jets make another change at kicker, sign Eddy Pineiro

By Kristen Wong
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A day after Alex Kessman missed two extra-point attempts in his NFL debut, the NY Jets have signed ex-Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro to the active roster.

The Jets wasted no time in replacing Kessman, who missed a pair of early kicks in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Head coach Robert Saleh didn't call Kessman's number after that and opted to go for a two-point conversion on the next Jets touchdown.

Kessman replaced kicker Matt Ammendola, who made just 68.4 percent of his attempts this season. Whereas Kessman had never played in an NFL game before, Eddy Pineiro has.

Pineiro last kicked for the Chicago Bears in 2019, converting 82.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and 93.1 percent of his extra-point attempts.

He sat out of the 2020 season due to a groin injury and had brief stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team before being released by Washington in September.

NY Jets sign ex-Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro after Alex Kessman's tragic debut in Week 13

After Sunday's loss, Saleh told reporters of their current kicking dilemma, "We’ll just keep going until something works."

Pineiro will be the seventh kicker to play for the Jets since 2019. During that span, the Jets have missed the most field goals and extra points in the league.

Building and rebuilding trust in kickers is an important part of special teams, though New York may simply have been down on luck these past few weeks.

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Should Pineiro suit up for the Jets in Week 14, he'll have his chance to ingratiate himself with his new team and hopefully provide some consistency in the kicking department.

If not — on turns the Jets' kicker carousel.

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