Sam Ficken

Sam Ficken

Place Kicker #5
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 186 lb.
College:Penn State
Age:27
Born:December 14, 1992
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Sam Ficken: Back with Jets

Ficken has re-signed with the Jets.

Analysis: The kicker had been an exclusive rights free agent, so the move comes as no surprise. In 15 games for the Jets last season, Ficken made 19 of his 27 field-goal attempts. Now that he's officially back in the fold, the 27-year-old will look to retain the team's kicking job, but he'll have to compete with Brett Maher for the assignment.

April 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Two more misses in finale

Ficken connected on two of four field-goal attempts and an extra point in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Ficken had a shaky ending to a shaky season, converting from 30 and 47 yards but missing from 51 and 34. Overall, he made 19 of 27 field-goal attempts for the Jets in 2019, so there's a good chance the team will at least bring in some competition at the kicker position for 2020 if not move away from Ficken outright.

December 29, 2019 5:56 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Effective in upset win

Ficken connected on all three of his field-goal attempts and added an extra point in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Ficken converted one kick per quarter. He made the extra point after Robby Anderson found the end zone in the first quarter, then managed to sneak a 54-yarder into the bottom corner early in the second quarter before adding field goals of 37 and 42 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Ficken will be tough to recommend against the Bills in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 7:25 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Struggles in TNF loss

Ficken missed his only field-goal try and made one of two extra-point attempts in Thursday's 42-21 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Ficken missed his sole field-goal attempt from 49 yards out, and he didn't manage any opportunities after that point with the game out of hand. Through 12 contests, the 26-year-old has made 14 of 19 field-goal tries and 20 of 22 extra-point attempts. He's got a tough matchup against the Steelers on deck Week 16.

December 13, 2019 1:31 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Kicks winner as time expires

Ficken made all three of his field-goal attempts and one of two PAT tries in Sunday's 22-21 win over Miami.

Analysis: Ficken kicked off his day with a missed extra point, but he rallied with makes from 37 and 42 yards before kicking a 44-yarder to win it as time expired. The German kicker did just enough to propel his team to victory, upstaging the seven field-goal performance of opposing kicker Jason Sanders.

December 8, 2019 7:03 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Makes both attempts in loss

Ficken made both of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: While New York's offense laid an egg after scoring 34 points in each of the previous three games, Ficken delivered a serviceable performance with makes from 42 and 39 yards. Anybody who streamed Ficken for this one can consider keeping him in the lineup against the Dolphins in Week 14, but the Jets are among the league's least reliable offenses in terms of providing their kicker consistent opportunities.

December 1, 2019 6:36 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Plenty of opportunities in blowout

Ficken went 2-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on PAT attempts in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Ficken connected from 24 and 35 yards out before missing from 48. He's seen a noticeable uptick in opportunities recently with New York's offense coming alive, and that trend should continue in Week 13 against the 0-11 Bengals.

November 24, 2019 8:17 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Another miss in win

Ficken missed his lone field-goal attempt from 49 yards out and converted four of five PAT attempts in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Ficken is just 7-for-11 on field-goal attempts this season. New York's offense has picked things up of late, but it remains difficult to trust the team's kicker.

November 18, 2019 10:07 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Busier in Darnold's return

Ficken made his lone field-goal attempt from 38 yards out and converted all three of his PAT attempts in Sunday's 24-22 win over Dallas.

Analysis: Ficken was much busier in quarterback Sam Darnold's return from mononucleosis, and that should remain the case moving forward, as Darnold guided the offense well and topped 300 passing yards. While Ficken's long-term outlook for the season is heading in the right direction, he could struggle in Week 7 against the stingy Patriots.

October 14, 2019 8:33 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Misses lone FG attempt

Ficken missed his lone field-goal attempt from 55 yards in Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The long miss was Ficken's only kick, as the Jets went for two after their lone touchdown and failed. He should get more opportunities when starting quarterback Sam Darnold returns from mononucleosis.

October 6, 2019 3:29 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Not getting many chances

Ficken didn't attempt a field goal but converted both PAT attempts in Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Ficken hasn't had many opportunities, but he's perfect through two games with the Jets. He should see more volume once starting quarterback Sam Darnold returns from mononucleosis.

September 23, 2019 8:54 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Converts lone kick in Jets debut

Ficken made his lone field-goal try from 46 yards out in Monday's 23-3 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Kickin' Ficken was one of the few bright spots for the Jets in this blowout loss that saw backup quarterback Trevor Siemian -- who was filling in for Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) -- lost for the season due to an ankle injury. New York's offense is unlikely to put up many points until Darnold returns, but at least the team seems to have found some kicking stability with Ficken after two separate kickers were released in camp and Week 1 starter Kaare Vedvik missed all of his attempts in the opener.

September 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Officially joins Jets

Ficken signed a contract Tuesday with the Jets.

Analysis: The Jets wasted little time to add Ficken to the 53-man roster after he emerged as the victor in the five-man kicker audition New York staged Tuesday. He'll replace incumbent Vedvik, who was waived just two days after missing a 45-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt Sunday in the Jets' 17-16 loss to the Bills. Ficken has previously appeared in four games across the past two seasons with the Rams, converting three of six field-goal tries and 14 of 15 point-after attempts.

September 10, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Likely to join Jets

The Jets are expected to sign Ficken to a contract following his workout with the team Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ficken came up short in his battle for the Packers' kicking job during the preseason, but he was apparently the most impressive of the five kickers the Jets auditioned Tuesday, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The Jets' impending signing of Ficken likely signals that Kaare Vedvik's time on the 53-man roster is over after the 25-year-old misfired on an extra-point attempt and a 45-yard field goal Sunday in the Jets' one-point loss to the Bills.

September 10, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Fails to win kicking job

Ficken was cut by the Packers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Ficken had been in a battle with veteran Mason Crosby throughout the preseason, with Ficken unable to win the job. Perhaps the Penn State product was limited in his opportunities, as he made all three of his extra points and his lone field-goal attempt in during the preseason. He'll likely be given opportunities elsewhere for tryouts to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

August 31, 2019 9:20 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Opportunities limited

Ficken made the lone extra point he attempted in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Ficken has not missed a kick during the exhibition season, making all three extra points and the lone field goal he put up. He remains alive in the race to secure the Packers' kicking job, but he presumably remains behind incumbent Mason Crosby, and his chances to impress have been limited with the Packers attempting only two field goals through three preseason games. Ficken will have one more shot to show what he can do in next week's preseason finale, but it seems unlikely much will change. The Packers will ultimately decide whether to stick with the status quo in Crosby, or go with the less-experienced but less-expensive Ficken.

August 23, 2019 10:26 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Hits only attempt Thursday

Ficken made a 41-yard field goal in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Ficken's attempt just snuck through the uprights, but it still counted for as many points as the field goal fellow kicker Mason Crosby made from 43 yards out. Crosby took and made the Packers' only extra-point attempt on the night, but for the second week in a row, neither player missed a kick. Both Ficken and Crosby remain alive in the competition to open the season as the Packers' kicker, and while Ficken can't come close to matching Crosby's experience, he would provide the Packers a far cheaper option at the position.

August 16, 2019 9:30 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Competing against Crosby

Ficken went 2-for-2 on extra points in Thursday's exhibition opener.

Analysis: Ficken is competing against Mason Crosby for the Packers' kicker job, and both players had equal stat lines Thursday, making both extra-points they attempted while not seeing any field-goal opportunities. Ficken will presumably have to beat out the veteran Crosby for the job, but he remains in the mix with three preseason games to go.

August 9, 2019 11:38 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Gets chance with Packers

The Packers claimed Ficken off waivers Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ficken had a three-month audition with the Seahawks, but the team opted to go with Jason Myers to begin their offseason program. Upon his arrival in Green Bay, Ficken will compete with long-time kicker Mason Crosby, who missed 11 total field-goal tries the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Ficken has just four appearances on his resume with the Rams, making three of six field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries.

April 15, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Cut loose by Seahawks

The Seahawks waived Ficken on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With this transaction, the Seahawks will enter the offseason program next week with just one kicker (Jason Myers) under contract. Ficken himself has spent time with four different organizations but only made regular-season appearances for one of them. In four games the last two years for the Rams, he was successful on three of six field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries.

April 12, 2019 2:19 PM EST

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