Jets sign Ficken to solve kicking woes, waive Vedvik

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 29: Sam Ficken #7 of the Green Bay Packers kicks the ball in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have signed Sam Ficken to try to solve their ongoing kicking woes.

The team also announced Tuesday it has waived Kaare Vedvik after he missed an extra point and a 45-yard field-goal attempt in the Jets’ 17-16 season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Ficken becomes the team’s fourth kicker since July. The Jets opened training camp with Chandler Catanzaro, who retired after a shaky preseason opener. Taylor Bertolet replaced him, but also had issues. He missed two extra points in his first game, and then kicked two field goals to account for all the scoring in a 6-0 victory over Philadelphia, but missed three other attempts.

Vedvik was claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Sept. 1, and Bertolet was waived.

Ficken was with Green Bay during training camp before he was waived among the Packers’ final cuts. The former Penn State standout has also spent time with Jacksonville (2016), Kansas City (2017), the Los Angeles Rams (2017-18) and Seattle (2019).

Ficken is 3 for 6 on field goals in four career games, and is 1 for 2 on extra points.

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