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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fourth Kicking Competition Concludes: Nick Folk over Josh Brown

The competition for the New York Jets kicking job featured incumbent Nick Folk and free agent acquisition Josh Brown, signed shortly after the rams had released him. Both kicked extremely well in camp and preseason according to special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff last week:
[It’s] the best competition at the highest level that I’ve been associated with, ever,” Jets said. “I’ve had some really good kickers in my career, fortunately — Fuad Reveiz, Raul Allegre, Dean Biasucci, Pete Stoyanovich, Olindo Mare, [who] broke an NFL record — none of them ever had a better camp than these guys are having. Now, how does that transfer from here? I can’t answer that. But I know one thing — both guys have raised their games. If this was golf, they both have their ‘A game’ going right now. I think both guys have pushed each other.
News that Folk had won the job came via the usual source in this day and age - social media. Josh Brown broke the news that he had been waived:
Just got released by the Jets. Now, off to the great NW.

Best of luck to the 2012 Jets... Thanks for one of the most memorable camps in 10 yrs. GREAT GROUP OF GUYS!!
Last week, Nick Folk discussed the competition and his friendship with Brown, which dated back four years.
I enjoy competing. I think it’s a blast. I have a good time with it. We have a pretty good relationship, Josh and I. I respect him. I respect what he’s done. He’s been a great kicker for a long time.... We chat just about everything from family life to football to just about anything.

You’re out here kicking field goals, kicking off, trying to put your best foot forward and show them what you can do and that you can do it not only for this year but for an extended period of time.... You can’t get mad at a guy if he outkicks you or if they pick him. In the end, you control what you control and that’s me kicking as best I can, and when they make the decision, it’s their decision to make. You’ve already put your influence on the field, and that’s all you really can do on your end.

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