On the same day the St. Louis Rams cut ties with 33-year-old placekicker Josh Brown, the New York Jets wasted little time in inking the nine-year veteran to a new contract.
While New York’s incumbent kicker Nick Folk is slated in the starting role, Brown provides insurance in case the erratic Folk fails to deliver this upcoming season. Brown spent the past four seasons in St. Louis and his first five years with the Seattle Seahawks. With a career field goal percentage of 80.9 percent, Brown has been a model of consistency, showcasing a powerful and accurate boot.
Kicking inside Edward Jones Dome at the Gateway to the West, the former Nebraska Cornhusker’s statistics may be slightly skewed, yet there’s little doubt that he is a proven commodity by most NFL standards.
It’s clear that the Jets believe in competition at virtually every position to help raise the team’s overall level of play. While the quarterback controversy between Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez will dominated the public’s attention, there is a strong likelihood that Brown could ultimately unseat Folk before the end of the season.
Come August's training camp, Folk and Brown will go toe-toe as Gang Green tries to put the ‘special’ back into their special teams unit.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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