Jets to try out Blair Walsh

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Kicker Blair Walsh, a solid performer for four seasons until missing a chip shot that would have vaulted the Vikings past the Seahawks in the 2015 playoffs, will be getting another chance to show what he can do.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Walsh will audition for the Jets.

The Jets are exploring their options due to the struggles of Chandler Catanzaro, who missed two extra points in the team’s preseason opener.

Walsh stayed with Minnesota into the 2016 season, but that postseason miss gave him a case of the yips; he missed eight kicks in nine games before getting the boot. Walsh kicked for the Seahawks in 2017 and was out of football last season.

For his career, Walsh has made 82.4 percent of his field goals, but only 73.3 percent in 2016 and 2017 combined.

Per Mehta, the Jets will also work out Chris Blewitt, who has spent time over the last two years with the Steelers and Bears but who has never been on a regular-season roster.

For Vikings fans, Walsh’s potential return to the NFL will bring back bad memories. If he gets a job, however, it will give them a chance to root for him to continue to send balls to the wrong side of the uprights.

22 responses to “Jets to try out Blair Walsh

  1. SO…..we dump Walsh for Janikowski/Myer in camp last year. Myer heads to the Jets makes a probowl. Then proceeds to sign with the Hawks. Full circle if Walsh signs with Jets. He cost us 4 games….DONT DO it NewYork

  2. Well, I don’t see why not.
    It’s pretty obvious that the coaching in Minnesota has been inferior for years with a lot of their players underperforming.
    A fresh start with a new team might just do wonders for that kid.

  3. Sure you guys can fix him. You’ll succeed where everyone else failed. Sure you will. This guy brought suspense and mystery to the kicking game. If that’s what you are looking for, bring this guy in.

    WZ

  4. I don’t know why people claim letting Myers go was a bad move, he tailed off towards the end of 2018 and had a complete outlier season. The same goes for Andre Roberts who was barely touched on his returns, but at least they brought in UFA rookie Greg Dortch to replace him. My issue is with the replacement at kicker, Catanzaro trashed the city and weather when he signed elsewhere and he’s always stunk, even in his first stint here. I still can’t believe the amount of outrage there was towards the Jets for firing Mike Maccagnan.

  5. Blair Walsh also missed a last second field goal against Arizona in 2018, giving Seattle a 9-7 record instead of 10-6. Seattle was eliminated earlier that day when Atlanta clinched the final playoff spot by winning. Many fans were nevertheless upset with Walsh.

  6. The Jets current kicker, Chandler Catanzaro, is having a horrible pre-season and has missed multiple kicks. At this point the Jets don’t have an NFL level kicker.
    It makes sense to have tryouts, and invite former kickers like Walsh. Walsh doesn’t automatically get the job, he gets to try out.

    Blame Mike Maccagnana (the former GM) for signing this bum.

  7. This is a pretty simple fix. Fire Chandler..then pick up the phone and trade for the rookie Ravens kicker pronto. Give them a 5th round pick. Otherwise start the kicker circus with Cody Parky..Calib Sturgus….Younghoo Koo….Carlos Santos when he gets cut. I like two pure rookies though…Jonathan Brown, and the rookie in the Colts camp.

  8. Hard to believe that at one time he held the record for most field goals made from 50 yards or more in one season. He was 10-10 his rookie season from 50+…

  9. Jason Myers not only made the kicks but what nobody has mentioned is that his kickoffs practically guaranteed a no return. Maccagnan should have paid him period. Myers was the best kicker the Jets had in at least the last 20+ years.

  10. Wafflestomp says:
    August 10, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Well, I don’t see why not.
    It’s pretty obvious that the coaching in Minnesota has been inferior for years with a lot of their players underperforming.
    A fresh start with a new team might just do wonders for that kid.
    +++
    He got a fresh start on a new team. Seattle. He missed four FG’s to give Seattle the win. He was the difference from being 12-4. Seattle ended up 9-7 and missed the playoffs in 2017.

  11. He will come in and impress and probably win the job because that’s what he does…the problem comes when it’s crunch time at the end of a game when it really matters and the season is on the line.

    If the Jets don’t feel that’s going to be an issue this year anyway then they might as well sign him.

    He’ll be the best kicker they’ve ever seen as long as it doesn’t matter.

    But if she has to kick at the end of a game to beat the Patriots and get in the playoffs watch out.

  12. Oh Jets, avoid our fate! Sign Gus the Yugoslavian kicking mule! Anybody but Blair Walsh!

  13. He went on one of those Tom Brady work out plans & lost a significant amount of weight. The kicks he could boom through his first couple of seasons, he could no longer do that. The loss in strength made him change his stance to get more distance & that destroyed his accuracy. This is all true. He will never, ever be a good kicker again until he puts on 80 lbs of lets call it fat.

  14. Actually, his leg isn’t fine. He lost so much weight going on the TB12 routine & no longer “lifting”, which he never really did much of. It caused him to not kick the ball as far, which caused him to change how he approached the ball to give him better distance which F’d up his accuracy. The Vikings old kicking coach did a couple of extensive interviews on the collapse of Blair Walsh & that was the concurrences for it happening.

    nords14 says:
    August 10, 2019 at 9:56 am
    His leg is fine it’s his head that’s the problem

  15. He was also 60 pounds heavier as a rookie. rmavs says:
    August 10, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    Hard to believe that at one time he held the record for most field goals made from 50 yards or more in one season. He was 10-10 his rookie season from 50+…

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