Former Hudson Valley Athlete to Start For New York Jets
Not only did a former Hudson Valley athlete make the New York Jets roster, but he's going to start.
On Thursday, Jets head coach Todd Bowels announced Jason Myers will be the team's starting kicker when the Jets battle the Detriot Lions on Monday night.
“We liked him in the preseason,” Bowles said according to Newsday. “We brought a lot of guys in at a lot of different positions. This is the time of year you kick the tires around for everybody in case injuries happen. We’re doing our due diligence to make sure we bring guys in at every position.”
In mid-August, the Jets claimed the Marist graduate after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. In the Jets final preseason game, Myers connected on 58 and 43-yard field goals.
Despite that, it must have been a nerve-wracking week for the former Marist kicker, because the Jets worked out a number of veteran kickers, including ex-Cowboy Dan Bailey and former Buccaneer Roberto Aguayo. Gang Green also brought in Jon Brown and Matthew McCrane for workouts.
Bowels didn't go into details about how or why the former Red Fox won the job over the other kickers the team worked out.
Myers graduated from Marist in 2013. He remains the program's record holder for the longest field goal, 49 yards, and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer among placekickers.
Myers previously kicked in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, connecting on 81 percent of his field goal attempts in three seasons.
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