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The New York Jets have announced that they have signed veteran placekicker Greg Zuerlein. The 34-year-old Zuerlein has been in the league for 10 years.  He has played for the Rams (8 years) and the Cowboys (2 years). Last year he made 63 of his 76 field goal attempts (82.9%). Extra points were a big issue for Zuerlein last season as he missed 6 of them on 48 attempts.

This move means the Jets officially have a kicking competition set for training camp.  Eddy Pineiro was a late-season addition for the Jets and he was 8 of 8 on field goals. The 26-year-old played with the Bears in 2019 and was out of the NFL in 2020. He proved to be a big upgrade over Matt Ammendola and Alex Kessman.

Zeurlein, a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2012, played collegiately at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and Missouri Western State, has totaled 1,131 career points and made 82.2% of his field goal attempts (264 of 321) in 151 career regular-season games. Zuerlein has also been good on 95.8% of his career PATs although that number dropped to 87.5% in 2021.

Known for his leg strength, “Greg the Leg” was the first player in NFL history to make two 58-plus yard field goals in the same game and the first kicker to nail a 50-plus-yarder and 60-plus yarder in the same game. His touchback percentage last season was 80% and Zuerlein is 79% (65 of 82) on his field goals from 40-49 yards and 55% (38 of 69) on his field goal attempts from 50-59 yards.

In seven postseason games, Zuerlein has made 9 of his 11 FG tries.

 

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  • 4 months later...

I missed this the first time around, but I think great. He may have has some issues last year but I would imagine him getting back to his accurate ways and def like him more that P. Even though he is probably the best kicker we have had play for us in a long while. 

 

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2 hours ago, BornJetsFan1983 said:

I missed this the first time around, but I think great. He may have has some issues last year but I would imagine him getting back to his accurate ways and def like him more that P. Even though he is probably the best kicker we have had play for us in a long while. 

 

I'm fine with the move. They both weren't long term solutions, but I don't think he gets more accurate moving from a dome to Metlife.

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9 hours ago, FootballLove said:

Zack dirt balls the easy passes while Zuerlein shanks the easy kicks. Saleh should have them bunk together during TC so they can figure this sh*t out together!

And then he makes up for missing an XPT by hitting a game winning 60 yard FG-unlike anything we have ever seen as Jets fans

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42 minutes ago, SoFlaJets said:

And then he makes up for missing an XPT by hitting a game winning 60 yard FG-unlike anything we have ever seen as Jets fans

....and ZW makes up for dirt balling by nailing a 60yrd game winner to Corey Davis!

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