Chandler Catanzaro’s shaky summer continued Thursday night with two missed PATs in the first half in the preseason opener against the Giants. The “Cat Man” misfired after Sam Darnold engineered a game-opening, 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, then missed badly again midway through the second quarter.
“I know one of the operations wasn’t as clean what we really had been doing at practice,” Adam Gase said. “So we just got to look at kind of what’s going on (and) look at the whole operation. Make sure everybody’s doing their part.”
For all the talk on One Jets Drive about competition, the team curiously decided not to sign a kicker to compete with — and push — Catanzaro, who had been erratic through the first couple weeks of camp. It was an odd tack considering Catanzaro’s uneven 2018 campaign. The Buccaneers cut Catanzaro after he missed four field goals and four PATs in nine games.
The Jets, who decided to go on the cheap after letting Pro Bowler Jason Myers go in free agency, can’t afford to mess around at kicker. Gase went 20-6 in one-score games in his three seasons with the Dolphins. Imagine how he’ll feel if an unreliable kicker costs him in close contests this season.
An unreliable kicker can make life miserable for everyone. It’s time for the Jets brain trust to bring in another kicker for the rest of camp and the preseason.
“I don’t think there’s ever a downside to creating competition,” Gase said. “Where we’re at right now going through the spring, there’s been some really good moments where there’s been some consistency there. We just need to kind of get back to our rhythm with the snapper, holder, kicker.”