AFC East: Neil Rackers

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April, 6, 2010
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Neil Rackers is on Jets radar

April, 3, 2010
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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk shouldn't get too comfortable.

The Jets clearly aren't comfortable with turning over the job to Folk, not after departing kicker Jay Feely said Friday the club wanted him back and especially not after reading Adam Schefter's report the Jets were flying in Neil Rackers for a visit.

Rackers is available because Feely has supplanted him with the Arizona Cardinals. Feely agreed to a two-year deal.

Rackers spent the past seven seasons with Arizona. He made 16 of his 17 field-goal attempts last year, but suffered a serious groin injury late in the season and missed two games.

Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers wrote the Cardinals wanted Rackers back, but they had trouble negotiating a new deal.

Folk is coming off a disastrous season. The Dallas Cowboys waived him two games before the playoffs. He missed a kick in each of his final six games.

Jets' defensive style should put Feely in spotlight

August, 4, 2009
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  James Lang/US Presswire
  Jay Feely relishes the opportunity to kick game-winning field goals.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- When discussing which New York Jets player will be most critical to winning or losing on a weekly basis, the candidates are obvious: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Thomas Jones, Bart Scott, Kris Jenkins.

Mostly overlooked is kicker Jay Feely.

The Jets seem like a team that will play a lot of tight games down to the final gun. They intend to rely on their defense and a relentless running attack. There's a good chance they'll have a rookie starting quarterback.

Games frequently could be decided by Feely's right foot.

New coach Rex Ryan knows the value of a trustworthy kicker. In Ryan's four seasons as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator, they led the AFC in field goals attempted and made.

"That's how they play," Feely said of Ryan's time with the Ravens. "They were going to play great defense. They weren't going to turn the ball over. They were going to win games through special teams.

Jay Feely
#3 PK
New York Jets

2008 STATS
FG Att PAT Att Pts Long
24 28 39 39 111 55

"Matt Stover won a lot of games for them. The year they won the Super Bowl, they had six games where they didn't score a touchdown."

Ryan wasn't the defensive coordinator then, just the defensive line coach. But his experience in winning a Super Bowl ring cemented his philosophy.

From 2005 through 2008, when Ryan was Baltimore's coordinator, Matt Stover made 113 field goals on 132 tries. Only Arizona Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers was busier.

Even more remarkable were Stover's numbers in the fourth quarter. He converted 96.6 percent of those kicks, missing once on 29 attempts. In the final two minutes, Stover was 8 of 9.

"Rex and I have talked about that," Feely said. "That was a priority for him, to have a kicker that he trusted. I liked that.

"I love playing for him. I love his mentality that he's not scared to say what he believes. I think the players rally around that."

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