With Cairo Santos’ status in doubt, the New York Jets have brought in Myers, previously of Jacksonville and Seattle, to compete with Taylor Bertolet.
The New York Jets have added another leg to their kicking competition.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets signed kicker Jason Myers, formerly of Jacksonville and Seattle. A corresponding move, in terms of a release, has yet to be announced.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 21, 2018
This marks a return to the tri-state area for Myers, who spent four years at FCS school Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. After spending time in the Arena Football League, Myers earned the kicking job in Jacksonville, beating out veteran Josh Scobee. He spent three seasons in the spot, making 64-of-79 attempts (81 percent) with long of 58 yards coming in 2015.
Myers signed with the Seahawks in January, but was released on Monday along with longtime punter Jon Ryan. Competing with Sebastian Janikowski, Myers made both of his field goal attempts in Seattle’s pair of preseason games this summer, including a 33-yard three-pointer in Saturday’s 24-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
In an unusual roster situation, Myers becomes the third kicker on the Jets’ lineup. Veteran Cairo Santos was signed this offseason, but the former Kansas City Chief and Chicago Bear has been recovering from a groin injury suffered last season. Third-year kicker Taylor Bertolet has handled all kicks so far this summer, making all three of his attempts so far, including two in the Jets’ 15-13 loss to the Washington Redskins last Thursday night.
In addition to Myers, ESPN’s Field Yates later announced that the kicker picture could become further crowded with the addition of Kai Forbath, whom the Jets will bring in for a workout on Wednesday.
Source: former Vikings K Kai Forbath will work out for the Jets on Wednesday. He connected on 32-of-38 field goal attempts in 2017.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 21, 2018
An eight-year veteran, Forbath was released on Monday by the Minnesota Vikings, who opted to keep rookie Daniel Carlson, their fifth-round draft selection.
The Jets will continue their preseason slate on Friday night against the New York Giants (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).