Not only did he miss a 45-yard field goal, he miss an extra point. They signed Chandler Catanzaro to replace him, but Catanzaro struggled during training camp and the preseason before retiring. Taylor Bertolet then got a shot, but was inconsistent over three preseason games. Incumbent kicker Kaare Vedvik was waived to make room on the roster.
Now, it appears as though Vedvik's tenure in NY is finished after just one week.
An Indiana native, Ficken has one the more fascinating recent redemption stories in Lions lore, as a rocky start eventually morphed into game-winning kicks to upset Wisconsin in 2012, beat UCF in Ireland in 2014, and walk-off the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College the same year.
Ficken went undrafted out of Penn State in 2015 before signing with the Jaguars in 2016. This time, however, would not prove to be as successful. He hit 3-of-6 field goal attempts and 14-of-15 extra point attempts over four games.
If there is a positive takeaway from this signing, Ficken has missed just one of his 15 extra-point tries in his brief National Football League career and that's something that the likes of Bertolet and Vedvik have struggled with.
Next up on the Jets' constantly spinning kicking carousel: Sam Ficken.
Only one way to find out.
The Kaare Vedvik experiment in NY is over.