Sam Ficken

Sam Ficken

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

Sam Ficken: First miss of 2020

Ficken missed a 55-yard field-goal attempt in Sunday's 24-0 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Ficken hadn't missed a kick that counted coming into this contest, but his 55-yard misfire was a fitting punishment for an inexcusable 13-yard intentional grounding penalty taken by Joe Flacco on 3rd-and-1 from Miami's 24-yard line. That was New York's second fruitless trip inside Miami's 25, and the first didn't even end with a field-goal attempt after an offensive pass interference penalty followed by a botched snap knocked the Jets out of range entirely. New York has scored just 10 points in two games without starting quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder), but the Jets will hope to have Darnold back against the Bills in Week 7.

October 19, 2020 7:08 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Remains perfect in 2020

Ficken made his lone field-goal attempt and converted a PAT in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: On one hand, Ficken hasn't missed a field goal all season. On the other, he has only attempted nine through five weeks, and five of those attempts came in one game. Volume could continue to be an issue for Ficken when the Jets travel across the country to face the Chargers in Week 6, especially if starting quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is forced to sit out a second consecutive game.

October 12, 2020 7:58 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Busy in Thursday's loss

Ficken made all five of his field-goal attempts and a PAT in Thursday's 37-28 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Ficken converted field goals of 26, 32, 36, 38 and 54 yards. He also missed from 46 yards in the second quarter, but that play was nullified by an unnecessary roughness penalty against Denver for helmet contact on the defenseless long-snapper. Ficken later capped that drive with his 26-yarder. New York's previously dormant offense finally got going against the injury-riddled Denver defense, but things will likely get tougher again in Week 5 with the Cardinals coming to town.

October 2, 2020 10:39 AM EST

Sam Ficken: No FG attempts in Week 3

Ficken converted a PAT and didn't attempt a field goal in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: New York's offense actually looked alright early on, but it was all Colts after Sam Darnold was intercepted on 1st-and-goal down 17-7 in the second quarter. The Jets are averaging just 12.3 points per game heading into a Week 4 home game against the Broncos, so Ficken's opportunities have been limited.

September 27, 2020 8:08 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Kicks two field goals in loss

Ficken made both of his field-goal attempts and a PAT in Sunday's 31-13 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Ficken converted field goals from 41 and 25 yards out. New York has scored just one touchdown outside of garbage time through two games and is dealing with a multitude of injuries to an offense that wasn't teeming with play-makers to begin with, so Ficken should continue to suffer from a lack of opportunities.

September 20, 2020 8:01 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Light workload in Week 1 loss

Ficken made his lone field-goal attempt from 31 yards and converted both of his PAT attempts in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Ficken didn't miss, but he saw limited opportunities as the Jets' offense failed to move the ball consistently. With starting running back Le'Veon Bell coming out of the game due to a hamstring injury, the Jets are unlikely to give Ficken much work against the stingy 49ers defense in Week 2.

September 13, 2020 7:19 PM EST

Sam Ficken: Wins kicker job

Ficken has won the Jets' kicking competition, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The team released Brett Maher on Monday morning, leaving Ficken as the lone kicker on the roster. There's not much reason to draft a kicker from this shaky offense in a typical fantasy league, but Ficken could emerge as a streaming option if Sam Darnold and Co. display progress.

August 31, 2020 5:44 AM EST

Sam Ficken: Locked in kicking battle

Ficken is competing with Brett Maher for the Jets' starting kicking job, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Ficken re-signed with the Jets this offseason, and special teams coach Brant Boyer added Monday: "I see this [competition] coming down to the end here" between Maher and Ficken. Ficken didn't exactly instill confidence in the coaching staff last season, connecting on just 19 of 27 field goal attempts (70.4 percent) and 23 of 26 extra points (88.5 percent) through 15 games. With no preseason games for 2020, practice reps have suddenly taken on the utmost importance for both players with the competition seemingly coming down to the late stages of training camp.

August 24, 2020 4:16 PM EST

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

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