Sam Ficken

New York Jets
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New York Jets
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Sam Ficken News

Returns to Jets on future contract

The Jets signed Ficken to a future contract Monday.

Analysis: New York parted with the 28-year-old two days ago, but Ficken is now slated to return to the team in March after knocking down 13 of 15 field-goal tries and 12 of 15 point-after attempts during 2020. His second season was better than his first with Gang Green, as Ficken converted on just 19 of 27 field-goal attempts (70.4 percent) during 2019. Chase McLaughlin is the only kicker on the Jets' active roster currently, and his contract extends into 2021.

Jan 4, 2021 3:15 PM EST


Cut by Jets

The Jets waived Ficken on Saturday.

Analysis: Ficken had two kicks blocked in last week's win over the Browns. The Jets have decided to move on, handing the starting job to Chase McLaughlin instead. Ficken completed 13 of 15 field-goal attempts and 12 of 15 extra-point tries during the 2020 season.

Jan 2, 2021 1:16 PM EST



Blocked twice in Week 16 win

Ficken converted one of two field-goal attempts and two of three PAT tries in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Ficken had a PAT attempt blocked after New York's second touchdown and a 50-yard field-goal attempt suffered the same fate, but he nailed a 34-yard field goal to stretch New York's lead to seven points late in the fourth quarter. Despite this poor performance, Ficken should maintain kicking duties for the Jets against the Patriots in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 5:41 PM EST


Comes off IR

The Jets activated Ficken (groin) from IR on Saturday.

Analysis: Ficken is set to kick against the Rams on Sunday after having missed three straight games due to his lingering groin injury. In seven appearances this year, Ficken has made 90 percent of his field-goal attempts (nine of 10). Of course, a matchup against the Rams may not provide him with many scoring opportunities.

Dec 19, 2020 1:26 PM EST


Expected to kick Week 15

Coach Adam Gase said Friday that Ficken (groin) "looks like" he'll play against the Rams on Sunday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ficken was designated for return to practice Wednesday, but the Jets haven't yet officially brought him back to the active roster. The team will have until Saturday afternoon's deadline to officially make such a transaction, but it looks like Ficken is fully expected to start in Los Angeles.

Dec 18, 2020 8:34 AM EST



Designated for return

The Jets designated Ficken (groin) for return from IR on Wednesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ficken has only appeared in one game since Week 6, but the Jets could bring him back to the active roster as soon as Sunday's contest against the Rams. Replacement kicker Sergio Castillo missed three field-goal tries against the Seahawks last weekend, so the Jets could be particularly motivated to get Ficken back on the field.

Dec 16, 2020 9:08 AM EST


May practice this week

Coach Adam Gase said Monday that Ficken (groin) will "hopefully" practice this week, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Jets are in dire need of Ficken, as his replacement, Sergio Castillo, missed three of four field-goal attempts in Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks. Ficken has been on IR for three weeks, and his next step is to get back onto the practice field. If is designated to return, there's a good chance he plays against the Rams on Sunday.

Dec 14, 2020 11:28 AM EST


Shifts to IR

The Jets placed Ficken (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: After missing three straight games with a right groin injury, Ficken was cleared to return to action coming out of the Jets' Week 10 bye, but he didn't look quite right in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers. Though he wasn't forced to exit early because of an injury, Ficken still misfired on two of his four extra-point attempts in the contest. The Jets will give Ficken at least the next three games off to heal up, clearing the way for Sergio Castillo to step back in as the team's kicker.

Nov 24, 2020 1:39 PM EST


Inaccurate in return

Ficken (groin) didn't attempt a field goal and made two of four PAT attempts in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Perhaps Ficken returned a week too early, as the normally reliable kicker was uncharacteristically inaccurate on his limited opportunities. The Jets got the two points Ficken left on the table back when the Chargers took an intentional safety on the game's second-to-last play, but a winless New York team can ill afford to start missing makeable kicks on top of all the team's other issues.

Nov 22, 2020 6:43 PM EST


Returns from injury, gets start

Ficken (groin) is active heading into Sunday's matchup against the Chargers, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Ficken was able to contribute a trio of practice sessions during the week, with one involving full participation. In what will be his first appearance since Week 6, Ficken gets the nod over Sergio Castillo for a matchup against the Chargers. Thus far on the season, Ficken has gone 9-for-10 on field-goal tries and 6-for-6 on extra points over six appearances.

Nov 22, 2020 11:46 AM EST


Questionable for Week 11

Ficken (groin) (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Ficken sandwiched Thursday's full practice in between a pair of limited sessions, so it sounds like he's more likely than not to be out there come Sunday. Ficken's return would bump Sergio Castillo off the game-day roster.

Nov 20, 2020 1:23 PM EST


Practices without restrictions

Ficken (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Ficken was limited in practice to begin the week, but he can now safely be considered on track for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The starting kicker's groin injury caused him to miss the Jets' last three games.

Nov 19, 2020 4:32 PM EST


Still limited

Ficken (groin) will be limited in Wednesday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Ficken also managed to practice on a limited basis before the Jets' Week 10 bye, but he was nonetheless forced to miss a third straight game. If he's unable to prove his health in time to retake the field against the Chargers on Sunday, Sergio Castillo will once again be called upon to handle New York's kicking duties.

Nov 18, 2020 10:39 AM EST


Missing third straight game

Ficken (groin) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Ficken thus will miss another game and target a return after the Jets' Week 10 bye. In his continued absence, Sergio Castillo will handle the team's kicking duties Monday night.

Nov 9, 2020 3:53 PM EST


Unlikely to play Monday

Ficken (groin) is doubtful for Monday's game versus the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ficken will miss a third straight game, and the Jets are hopeful he can utilize a Week 10 bye to get healthy. Sergio Castillo will kick for the Jets once again, and he's connected on four of five field goals so far.

Nov 7, 2020 5:18 PM EST


Limited again Friday

Ficken (groin) was a limited participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Ficken practiced in a limited fashion twice last week but was ultimately inactive, so it's tough to get a grasp on which way he's trending. Sergio Castillo is on standby for Monday's game versus the Patriots if Ficken can't go. If Ficken is handed a questionable tag following Saturday's practice, fantasy managers should stay away considering there won't be a pivot option for the final game of Week 9.

Nov 6, 2020 4:47 PM EST


Limited showing Thursday

Ficken (groin) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Ficken has missed the past two games with the groin injury, and he hasn't practiced much over the past few weeks. If the Penn State product were to miss another game, Sergio Castillo is expected to continue to serve as the team's kicker for Monday's game against the Patriots.

Nov 5, 2020 3:56 PM EST


Won't play Week 8

Ficken (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Ficken had been listed as doubtful after failing to practice fully at any point this week, so his absence for the second straight game doesn't come as a surprise. The Jets promoted Sergio Castillo from the practice squad to serve as their kicker in place of the injured Ficken.

Nov 1, 2020 8:42 AM EST


Doubtful against Chiefs

Ficken (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Cimini, "it didn't go well for Ficken" in Friday's practice. Unless Ficken's groin injury shows dramatic improvement before Sunday, Sergio Castillo will be promoted from the practice squad to handle kicking duties for a second consecutive week.

Oct 30, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Upgrades to limited activity

Ficken (groin) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Ficken's activity marks a step forward from Wednesday, when he was a non-participant. The kicker is working back from a right groin injury that sidelined him for the Week 7 loss to the Bills, resulting in the Jets calling up Sergio Castillo from the practice squad to replace him. The Jets will reassess Ficken following their final practice of Week 8 on Friday before gauging his availability for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

Oct 29, 2020 10:58 AM EST


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