Sam Ficken

Detroit Lions
Place Kicker #5
Detroit Lions
Place Kicker #5

Sam Ficken News

Joins Detroit's practice squad

Ficken has landed on the Lions' practice squad.

Analysis: Ficken started the season in Tennessee, but subseqently landed on their injured reserve with a groin injury. Both parties eventually reached an injury settlement and he was waived from IR. He tried out with Jacksonville prior to landing in Detroit, so his groin issue is seemingly behind him. He will now look to make an impression on the practice squad while waiting for an opportunity to get called up.

Oct 11, 2022 3:55 PM EST

Tries out for Jacksonville

The Jaguars worked out Ficken on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ficken spent the entire 2021 campaign on the Titans' IR due to a groin injury after appearing in 24 games over the prior two seasons with the Jets. During that stretch, he made 32 of 42 field-goal attempts and 35 of 41 extra-point tries.

Sep 27, 2022 2:09 PM EST

To miss at least three games

The Titans placed Ficken (groin) on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ficken made a sudden appearance on Tennessee's injury report Friday as a limited participant due to a groin injury. Just one day later, the team has opted to place a second kicker on IR -- Tucker McCann (undisclosed) also is there -- and signed Michael Badgley from the practice squad to handle kicking duties Week 1. Ficken will spend at least the first three games of the season away from the field.

Sep 11, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Pops up on injury report

Ficken (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Ficken was a late addition to the injury report following a limited practice session Friday. With alternative kicking option Tucker McCann (undisclosed) on IR, Tennessee has added Michael Badgley to the practice squad to serve as insurance in case Ficken's injury sidelines him for Week 1.

Sep 10, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Only kicker remaining

Ficken remains the only kicker on the Titans' roster after Tucker McCann was waived Monday due to an injury suffered in the team's preseason opener, Jim Wyatt of reports.

Analysis: Ficken was claimed off waivers from the Jets on Aug. 1, and the 28-year-old kicker now finds himself without competition as the season quickly approaches. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Penn State product is 3-for-3 on field goals and 6-for-6 on PATs. Ficken has impressed in practice as well, hitting 48-of-53 field goals since joining the team. The 6-foot-1, 192-pounder may have value in fantasy as he finds himself as the current starter for a team that projects to be able to move the ball effectively on offense.

Aug 23, 2021 11:32 AM EST

Claimed by Titans

Ficken was claimed off waivers by the Titans on Sunday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Ficken was cut by the Jets on Friday, but he should now compete with Tucker McCann for kicking duties ahead of the regular season. Ficken played nine games for the Jets last year and converted on 13 of his 15 field-goal attempts, while McCann only made seven of his 11 field-goal attempts in camp Friday and Saturday.

Aug 1, 2021 5:02 PM EST

Let go by Jets

Ficken was cut by the Jets on Friday.

Analysis: Fickens spent the last two seasons in New York. He suited up for nine games in 2020 and knocked in 13-of-15 field goals in the process. Overall during his two-year stretch with the team he made 32-of-42 attempts. However, it looks like the team will look go in a new direction in 2021. Kicker Matt Ammendola was picked up by the team in a corresponding move and figures to compete with Chris Naggar for the job.

Jul 30, 2021 6:11 PM EST

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 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

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