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Westhoff says Jets will have kicking battle

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Last year, Nick Folk had to beat out Nick Novak to become the Jets’ kicker.  This year, Folk will have to fend off Josh Brown.  If Folk can.

Special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the team will have an open competition — even more open than last year’s battle of the Nicks.

“I want to create the most competitive atmosphere that I possibly can,” Westhoff said, declining to say that Folk has the inside track.  “Josh Brown is the best candidate to do that with. We want to have a viable battle here to see who’s going to win our job and to get the best possible guy that we can put on the field.”

Westhoff said he had hoped that a new contender would have come from the college ranks.  “I thought it could have happened in the draft,” Westhoff said. “There were a couple of guys I liked . . . one in particular. We just weren’t able to do it.  It didn’t happen . . . [much to] my consternation.”

Per Mehta, it’s believed that Westhoff wanted Blair Walsh, who was taken by the Vikings in round six.

Folk isn’t the only foot-using Jet who’ll have to earn a roster spot in 2012.  Westhoff said the team will bring in a punter to challenge T.J. Conley.

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7 Responses to “Westhoff says Jets will have kicking battle”
  1. waldoampere says: May 10, 2012 7:55 AM

    For the love of God, please no Rex Ryan foot fetish jokes.

  2. ampats says: May 10, 2012 8:05 AM

    WOW ! It is unbelieveable the competition going into camp this year for the jets !

    First we have the competition who will be the starting QB, Sanchez vs Tebow, next who will challenge TJ Conley and now who will be the kicker ,Folk or Brown?

    Whoever wins the kicking competition is a sure fire MVP in Tony Sparano’s Red Zone Field Goal Kicking, fist pumping new offense the jets will unveil this season!

    Tebow Punt Protector, CAN’T WAIT!

  3. mccourty1sland says: May 10, 2012 8:06 AM

    Kicking dolphins players as they run down the sidelines competition?

  4. johanneschimpo says: May 10, 2012 9:43 AM

    I still don’t get why Rex makes them kick with their shoes off.

  5. dynaco says: May 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    ampats says:
    May 10, 2012 8:05 AM
    WOW ! It is unbelieveable the competition going into camp this year for the jets !

    First we have the competition who will be the starting QB, Sanchez vs Tebow, next who will challenge TJ Conley and now who will be the kicker ,Folk or Brown?

    Whoever wins the kicking competition is a sure fire MVP in Tony Sparano’s Red Zone Field Goal Kicking, fist pumping new offense the jets will unveil this season!

    Tebow Punt Protector, CAN’T WAIT!

    =================================
    You got to love these Jet fans.

  6. bergencountyjc says: May 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    Thanks again for Weatherford!

  7. bigbluefan1 says: May 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    This is the same team that cut Weatherford who helped kick the Giants to the championship

    One would think a foot fetish guy would be better with kickers and punters

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