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Jets Will Have an Open Competition at Kicker in 2012

Jets Special Teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said he expects the new signed placekicker Josh Brown to battle Nick Folk for the kicking job this year according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

“This year, I don’t think I’m going to delve into whether that is the case or not the case,” Westhoff said of Folk having the inside track. “I want to create the most competitive atmosphere that I possibly can. Josh Brown is the best candidate to do that with. We want to have a viable battle here to see who’s going to win our job and to get the best possible guy that we can put on the field.”

Westhoff admitted that he wasn’t thrilled that the Jets didn’t upgrade the position by drafting a kicker.

“I thought it could have happened in the draft,” Westhoff said. “There were a couple of guys I liked… one in particular. We just weren’t able to do it. It didn’t happen… (much to) my consternation.”

Brown, who was signed last week after being cut by the Rams, made 82 percent of his field goals in the first eight seasons of his career before connecting on 75 percent last season.

“Sometimes you just go through some ups and downs,” Westhoff said. “He had a lot of really good years. He fell off a little. I spent a lot of time talking to him about it. I have a very good handle on some of the things that took place and why he wasn’t as efficient as he had been. Just issues… a culmination of things. I feel very confident that that’s not a big deal at all.”

“He just wasn’t as consistent as he had been in the past,” Westhoff added. “But he’s a good, viable guy. Actually at this point in time, I believe he’s the most viable candidate.”

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