The Jets are looking to add depth at the kicker position. Correspondingly, they will host former Minnesota Viking Kai Forbath for a workout.
Forbath was released by the Vikings on August 20th after he lost his job to Daniel Carlson. Since he joined the team in 2016, he has connected on 47-of-53 field goals, an 89% success rate. It is also worth noting that half of his misses during those two seasons came on field goal attempts from 50+ yards out. Last year, he even made a 53-yard field goal which was the longest of his career since he was a Saint in 2015.
The placekicker had an excellent start to his career, setting an NFL record by hitting on his first 17 field goal attempts. He carried his ability to perform over from the college setting, where he became the first UCLA player to ever split the uprights 5 times from 50+ yards. Furthermore, he received several recognitions during his time at school, including being honored as an All-American, Second Team All-Pac-10 three times, and being given the Lou Groza Award.
He could act as an insurance policy as the Jets apparently don’t have faith in their current players at that position. New York had two kickers on the roster in Cairo Santos and Taylor Bertolet before picking up Jason Myers off waivers, but they aren’t willing to rest until they find the right man for the job.
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