Jets give PK Billy Cundiff a look

AP

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.

17 responses to “Jets give PK Billy Cundiff a look

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

    Kid has the physical ability but he’s a headcase
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    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.

  6. 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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