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Jets give PK Billy Cundiff a look

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The Jets are conducting a workout with free agent placekicker Billy Cundiff, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday.

Per Schefter, the Jets want to improve the contenders for incumbent Nick Folk.

Cundiff, 33, is one of the most skilled kickers available. His leg strength is a major asset, with more than half of his kickoffs going for touchbacks in the last three seasons. That said, his accuracy was lacking in 2012. He connected on just 7-of-12 field goals in five regular-season games for Washington before being released.

Cundiff later had a playoff stint with the 49ers as insurance for struggling David Akers, but Cundiff didn’t attempt a postseason kick.

Cundiff’s best season came in 2010 for Baltimore, when he hit 26-of-29 field goals. However, he missed a short field goal in the waning moments of the 2011 AFC title game. The following offseason, the Ravens brought in rookie Justin Tucker, who beat out Cundiff for the job.

When in top form, Cundiff is surely one of the NFL’s 32 best placekickers, and it will be interesting to see if he can recapture that form, whether in New York or elsewhere.

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17 Responses to “Jets give PK Billy Cundiff a look”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 22, 2013 11:14 AM

    I hope they’re looking to the right slightly.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:14 AM

    Wow the Jets must be in grim shape for a kicker if they’re looking at BIlly “The Shank” Cundiff.

  3. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 22, 2013 11:16 AM

    Does he have a concussion?

  4. ravensterps says: Jul 22, 2013 11:21 AM

    I have nothing against the guy, but I still can’t believe he missed that kick in the AFC Championship. And that was AFTER Lee Evans dropped the game winning touchdown.

    I’m still salty about that game.

  5. buckhuckster says: Jul 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    “You can wear my Super Bowl ring if you like, Billy. But only for a couple of minutes.” -Justin Tucker

  6. southpaw2k says: Jul 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    Cundiff vs. Folk?

    *chuckles*

  7. deathonwings410 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    The Jets are the Ravens’ trash heap. Mason, Scott, Pryce, Ryan, Cardiff…

  8. siggtacular says: Jul 22, 2013 11:49 AM

    Cundiff SUCKS

  9. getyourownname says: Jul 22, 2013 11:53 AM

    Cundiff deserves better.

  10. heeeeelzfan says: Jul 22, 2013 11:56 AM

    A free agent out of University of North Carolina – Casey Barth – unrestricted free agent – take a close look at him.

  11. jimiinpa says: Jul 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    Cundiff sucks, thats why the Ravens, and the skins kicked him to the curb.

  12. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 22, 2013 12:25 PM

    Kid has the physical ability but he’s a headcase. No way he finds success under the microscope in NY.

  13. annapterp says: Jul 22, 2013 12:43 PM

    When you really screw up or do something stupid….Here in the Maryland/DC area we call it a “cundiff”.

  14. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    Baltimore women hate this “C-word” more than the other one…

  15. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    I thought they were going to give him a shot at Quarterback, he would be the best one on that roster.

  16. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 22, 2013 4:18 PM

    dowhatifeellike says: Jul 22, 2013 12:25 PM

    Kid has the physical ability but he’s a headcase
    ___________________
    I don’t know about head case. But he won’t make the team because he’s lost “it”. I’m not totally sure what “it” is. but you see kickers lose it every few years. Mike Vanderjagt was one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and had never missed a postseason kick at home– until the last play of the 2006 AFC Championship. After the miss, he only hit 13 more field goals in his career.

    Cundiff was an excellent kicker over the last half dozen years too, but after he missed his last second attempt in the 2012 AFC Championship, he just lost “it”. He seemed like the same player, but after missing a number of chip shots in his first three weeks with the Redskins, he had to be replaced.

    Best of luck to Billy, but his days as a reliable kicker are over.

  17. oilman989 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:46 PM

    Even Mason Crosby has a better lifetime FG% than this shankster. If Folk falters, the Jets would be better off bringing in an UFA (see: Ravens, Baltimore).

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