The New York Jets, during this year’s OTAs and training camp, have been steady and true to their word, saying there will be competition across the board on the team. According to Manish Meta of the New York Daily News, “Billy Cundiff‘s deal is for one year at the veteran’s minimum. He’ll compete with Nick Folk in camp/preseason.”
What does this mean for Jets current field goal kicker Folk? The same thing it meant last season when he beat out Josh Brown in training camp; the coaching staff believes that competition will bring out the best in all of the players on their current roster. This may be true in Folk’s case because he had his best season as a pro; he converted 77.8 percent of his field goal attempts last year.
For Cundiff, he is looked at as journeyman kicker in the NFL. He has been signed to 11 other teams, and the Jets will be his 12th team. Throughout his career, Cundiff has been with the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, and now the Jets
He was most recently with the Redskins and 49ers. He played with the Redskins for five games last season and was 7-for-12 on field goal attempts and is 139-for-184 for his career. He actually never got a chance to play for the 49ers during last year’s NFL playoffs when he was added on as a insurance policy to back up David Akers.
Cundiff’s most successful portion of his career was when he was with the Ravens from 2009 to 2011, where he became a Pro Bowler in 2010. His career ended with the Ravens once he missed the 32-yard field goal attempt in the 2011 AFC Championship game.
This should be a competition that ends in the favor for Folk. Sometimes competition brings out the best in people and maybe this will be one of those cases for Folk. Cundiff will only be a temporary Jet because Folk will win this position and play like a true Jet in the 2013 NFL season.