In his housekeeping remarks at the top of his news conference today, head coach Eric Mangini announced what has been reported elsewhere, that the Jets have signed former Falcons, Giants and Dolphins kicker Jay Feely to their active roster.
"I think Jay’s been very efficient," Mangini said of Feely’s NFL career, now entering its eighth season. "He was very efficient last year [with Miami] in terms of field goals and does a nice job with kickoffs. He has a lot of experience. All those things came into play."
Not the least of which was Feely’s experience as the Giants’ kicker in 2005-06.
"That was definitely a positive," Mangini said of Feely’s Meadowlands exposure, "having that understanding of the uniqueness of the stadium, the wind shifts, the weather conditions … yeah, that’s definitely a plus."
Feely hit a 53-yard field goal in last season’s game vs. the Jets at Miami, the longest by an opposing kicker in five years. He never missed a kick against the Jets, going 4-for-4 in FGs and 3-for-3 in PATs in two games. For his career he’s an 80.4 percent FG kicker over (185-for-230) with a decent 44.4 percent accuracy from 50-plus (8-for-18).
And in the Meadowlands, mostly kicking for the Giants in 2005-06, Feely is about the same, 33-for-41 (80.5 percent) on FGs and 2-for-4 from 50-plus.
Mangini confirmed Feely will be the kicker for the sore-thighed Mike Nugent on Sunday vs. New England. Asked how long Feely will be the kicker, the coach replied: "Until Mike gets back … I’m not sure."
To make room for Feely on the roster, the Jets waived rookie LB Kenwin Cummings. The team also made four practice squad transactions: Signed were TE Brad Listorti, a spring minicamp invitee who was released by Atlanta, and OL Stefan Rodgers, a final cut by Philadelphia. Released were OL Stanley Daniels and WR Larry Brackins.
Mangini also talked about the Patriots and the challenges involved in facing Matt Cassel at quarterback instead of Tom Brady. Eric Allen will have a news story on the QB picture for Sunday’s home opener this afternoon.
Tags: Eric Mangini, Jay Feely, Kenwin Cummings, Mike Nugent
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