The Jets are apparently considering a change at kicker after one preseason game.
Following Chandler Catanzaro’s rough showing Thursday night against the Giants, which included two missed extra points, the New York Daily News reports the Jets are bringing in kickers to audition Saturday.
The group reportedly will include former Vikings standout Blair Walsh and Chris Blewitt, a former Pitt kicker who was in camp with the Bears this spring before being cut in June.
Jets coach Adam Gase had indicated the team might bring in some additional options to push Catanzaro.
“I don’t think there’s ever a downside to creating competition,” Gase said Thursday. “Where we’re at right now going through the spring, there’s been some really good moments where there’s been some consistency there. We just need to kind of get back to our rhythm with the snapper, holder, kicker.”
Catanzaro, 28, previously kicked for the Jets in 2017 after spending three years with the Cardinals. He started last season with the Buccaneers but was cut in November before being picked up by the Panthers three weeks later to close out the season.
He signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal to return to New York this season.
Walsh, 29, was a first-team All-Pro selection for the Vikings as a rookie in 2012 but saw his fortunes diminish over time, most notably missing a 27-yard field goal against the Seahawks in the playoffs after the 2015 season in a 10-9 Vikings loss to the Seahawks.
Minnesota dumped him the following November and he landed in Seattle for the 2017 season but was out of the NFL altogether last year.