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.