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, allowing him to walk in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks.To replace him, or at least to compete for the chance to, they..."The Jets decided to move on from reigning Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers, allowing him to walk in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks.To replace him, or at least to compete for the chance to, they brought back a familiar face in Chandler Catanzaro.Let’s compare the career numbers of the two kickers to learn some more about what might have went into the Jets’ decisions.To start, here is a comparison of some simple overall career numbers for Catanzaro and Myers. This is comparing their field goal percentage, extra point percentage, and clutch field goal percentage (kicks to tie or take the lead in the fourth quarter or overtime).Their field goal percentages look very similar, but as we’ll get into more later on, they aren’t necessarily as dead-even in field goal kicking production as it may seem.In the extra point department, Catanzaro owns a decent advantage over Myers. Catanzaro has converted at a below-average rate, while Myers owns one of the worst extra point percentages in the league. Among the 30 kickers with at least 80 extra point attempts since the rule change in 2015, Myers ranks 29th in conversion rate, while Catanzaro ranks 23rd (with a 91.7 percentage over this span).The sample size on clutch kicks is small, but Catanzaro also takes the edge here. He’s converted 9 of 12 career field goal attempts to tie or take the lead in the fourth quarter or overtime. Myers has converted only 7 of 11 kicks in that scenario. Among the 22 kickers to attempt at least 10 kicks in that scenario since 2014 White Wayne Chrebet Jerseys
, Myers’ converstion rate of 63.6-percent ties him for the second worst mark.Let’s dig deeper in the field goal percentages of the two players. Here is a breakdown of their conversion rates by field goal distance, compared to league average.Here, we can see how Myers takes an edge over Catanzaro in the field goal department. While Catanzaro owns very slight advantages in three of the four ranges, Myers has been tremendously better in the 40-49 yard range - where he has been one of the most reliable kickers in the league.Among the 30 kickers with at least 25 attempts in the 40-49 yard range since 2014, Myers’ conversion rate of 88.6-percent ranks fifth best. Catanzaro, on the other hand, checks in at 23rd in that range.Both kickers saw their performances in this range accentuated even further during their years with the Jets. Catanzaro missed five kicks in the 40-49 yard range with the Jets, converting 12 of 17 attempts, a 70.6-percent rate. Myers made 11 of his 12 attempts in that range as a Jet.Myers has always been more of a distance kicker. He has been relied upon to kick from further ranges, making his overall field goal percentage look worse. Conversely, Catanzaro has had a larger diet of close-range kicks to make his overall percentage look better.Among the 28 kickers with at least 100 field goal attempts since 2014, Myers owns the second-highest average field goal attempt distance, at 39.84 yards. Only Sebastian Janikowski, who has a slight edge at 39.88 yards, has Myers beaten.Catanzaro’s average attempt distance has been 37.37 yards, below the league average of 38.02 yards and ranking him 23rd of the 28 aforementioned qualifiers.How have each of these kickers responded to the conditions?Catanzaro’s field goal percentage has remained stable regardless of the stadium type Wayne Chrebet Jerseys 2019
, but Myers has performed significantly better when kicking outside versus inside. Of course, he was helped out a bit by playing in sunny Jacksonville for most of his career.In sub-40 degree temperature games, Myers went 3 of 3 on field goals and 2 of 2 on extra points for the Jets in 2018. As a Jaguar, he had never appeared in a sub-40 game.Catanzaro has slightly more experience kicking in cold weather, and has done a decent job handling it. For his career, he’s made 8 of 10 field goal attempts and 11 of 12 extra point attempts in sub-40 temperatures.Ultimately, the Jets decided not to bank on Myers’ outlier 2018 season, instead opting for a cheaper option who has proven to provide similar reliability over the course of his career. Time will tell if that was the right call, but recent history suggests it could be the right one. The league’s richest kickers have not responded very well. Here is where the top twelve kickers in 2018 and 2017 salary cap hit ranked in field goal percentage that year.Myers will only rank 15th among kickers in 2019 cap hit, at $2.5M, but his $7M in total guaranteed money ranks him seventh at the position. Seattle gave him a four year, $15.45 million contract with $5.5 million fully guaranteed at signing and $7 million guaranteed for injury.Did the Jets make the right call?Jets vs Redskins: Five Bold Predictions Week 2 of scintillating preseason football and it’s time for some more Bold Predictions. Disclaimer: A Bold Prediction is not something that is likely or probable to happen. Bold Predictions are blind guesses that are laughably optimistic beyond what anyone can reasonably expect to happen, but not so far as to be virtually impossible. Saying that Leonard Williams will get a sack is not a Bold Prediction, nor is saying that Bilal Powell will run for 650 yards. By definition, Bold Predictions are unlikely, but not impossible White Wesley Walker Jerseys
, to occur. Since this is a Jets site, they are also pro-Jets predictions. As always, the Final Score prediction is meant to be realistic, not a Bold Prediction.Let’s take a look at how we did last week.Not bad, actually. Not bad at all. I got two right: Neal Sterling had the best game of all Jets tight ends, and Sam Darnold ended the game with a better passer rating than any Atlanta quarterback. I got one almost right: if Trenton Cannon had located the one deep ball Sam Darnold threw him he would have led the Jets in rushing yards, receiving yards, receptions, and return yards. We won’t talk about my other two predictions. Let’s just pretend I didn’t make any other predictions, OK? Two out of three five is actually pretty decent; I usually go weeks at a time without getting close to one right. I must be tapping into the upside I showed when GGN drafted me. Here are my five Bold Predictions for tonight’s game:1. Leonard Williams will have two sacks in less than two quarters of football.2. The Jets will limit the Redskins to less than 50 yards rushing. 3. Sam Darnold will throw for 200+ yards and multiple touchdowns. 4. The Jets will score a touchdown on defense or special teams.5. Neal Sterling having placed his opening bid, Chris Herndon will answer with 50+ yards and a touchdown.And a bonus prediction: the Jets will not turn the ball over.Final Score: Jets keep a good thing going, dominating Washington on both sides of the ball. Jets 27, Redskins 10.