New York Jets: Three takeaways from 17-16 home loss to Buffalo

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Kaare Vedvik can’t kick

The kicking problem continues for the Jets, and it has finally hit them during a game that matters in the standings. The latest kicker to come up short or in this case misses the target is Kaare Vedvik who was acquired at the beginning of the week.

Vedvik missed a field goal, and extra-point try in his first and probably only game as the Jets placekicker. The team abandoned the kicker in favor of going for a successful two-point conversion later in the game. In case you’ve been unaware of the Jets misfortunes at the position here is a brief recap.

The Jets decided to pass on bringing back Pro Bowl-caliber kicker Jason Myers due to money differences at the start of the offseason. Veteran kicker Chandler Catanzaro retired after struggling in preseason week one against the New York Giants and throughout training camp. Catanzaro was favored to win the kicking battle because of his past experiences in the league, but backup Taylor Bertolet became the default kicker for the rest of preseason.

In Bertolet’s first game as the sole kicker, the 26-year-old didn’t do himself any favors with a subpar performance. Bertolet went 1 of 3 on extra points but salvaged the night with a 49-yard field goal completion. The final nail in his coffin was the three missed field goals in the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Jets are still on the lookout for a kicker and need to make a decision quick because losses will continue to pile on during late games.