While head coach Adam Gase said after Thursday's 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that the Jets are still confident in kicker Taylor Bertolet, another capable leg just hit the open market.
The morning after he kicked a 48-yard field goal for the Ravens in Thursday's 20-7 victory against the Washington Redskins, Elliott Fry received his release from Baltimore, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
If the Jets look elsewhere for another option on special teams before the 2019 season kicks off Sept. 8 from MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills, whom could general manager Joe Douglas and Gase consider?
By Saturday at 4 p.m., all NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 players, which means there are several available kickers that the Jets could look to snag.
Elliot, whom the Ravens just released, kicked in the AAF and briefly played for the Bears earlier in the preseason before Chicago cut him Aug. 18 in favor of second-year pro Eddy Pineiro. Baltimore eighth-year starter Justin Tucker had the night off Thursday and Fry delivered, making both of his two kicks as he connected from 21 and 48 yards. Before the preseason, Fry was consistent with the AAF's Orlando Apollos in 2018, going 12 for 12 with a long of 44. Prior to his stint in the pros, Fry spent four years at South Carolina (2103-16), where he went 66 of 88 (75.0 percent) on field goals for the Gamecocks.
Blair Walsh of the Atlanta Falcons is best known for his meltdown with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, when fans essentially booed him out of town after nine games. He then spent all of 2017 in Seattle, making 12 of his 16 field goals with a long of 49 for the Seahawks. With the Falcons, Walsh has attempted one kick -- a 46-yard field goal Thursday in Atlanta's 31-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars -- before having the next one blocked. The outing led the Falcons to bring back 44-year-old Matt Bryant for a workout. Walsh might be the odd man out on the kicking competition in Atlanta and soon be looking for a new team.
Sam Ficken of the Green Bay Packers has limited NFL experience as a third-year pro. After Greg Zuerlein went on the IR with a back injury, the Rams added him on an emergency basis for Los Angeles in 2017 and Ficken stepped up during the team's January 2018 playoff run, connecting on two attempts -- 35 and 32 yards -- before a 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers are likely sticking with 13th-year veteran Mason Crosby, so Ficken is likely on the outside looking in. Ficken, who spent four years at Penn State, has a strong college background. He set a school record for the Nittany Lions with 15 consecutive field goals made, connecting on 109 of 112 attempts (97.3 percent) in his 41 career games. Since his sophomore season at PSU, Ficken was mentored by a fellow Nittany Lion and proven veteran in 15th-year pro Robbie Gould, who has been with the San Francisco 49ers since 2017.
Cairo Santos of Tampa Bay enters his sixth season after he split nine games of 2018 with the Rams and Bucanneers, spending two in Los Angeles. He owns a career 83.2 field goal percentage (104 for 125), converting a long of 54 with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016. Santos likely lost out in the kicking competition in Tampa when the Bucs called upon Matt Gay to convert from long distance (53 yards) during Thursday's 17-15 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason finale and the prized rookie from Utah did so, entering the regular season with 4 of 5 field goals made in three games.
Some other names to keep an eye out for include Buffalo Bills rookie Chase McLaughlin, who is stuck behind Stephen Hauschka. The 12th-year veteran and third-year starter for the Bills just signed a two-year extension, appearing there to stay in Buffalo.
Rookie Joey Slye of the Carolina Panthers could be an in-season addition -- he was Graham Gano's preseason backup -- but it looks like the 11th-year veteran might be heading to the IR with a knee injury.
Other NFL rookies who could find themselves in need of a job include Matthew Wright of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cole Hedlund of the Indianapolis Colts. Both are relatively unknown, but could be a hidden gems picked up by Douglas when rosters are finalized.