Brown cut, Folk wins Jets’ kicking competition

Nick Folk outkicked the competition again.

The New York Jets cut veteran kicker Josh Brown on Monday,

giving Folk the job over his good friend.

Brown, signed in May after being released by St. Louis, was 21

for 28 on field goals last season and has been one of the NFL’s

best kickers during his nine years in the league. Folk, entering

his third season with the Jets, was re-signed in March after going

19 for 25 and won a competition for the second straight year after

beating out Nick Novak last summer.

The move Monday allows Brown to potentially hook on with another

team before the end of the preseason schedule this week.

Brown wished the Jets (No. 17 in the AP Pro32) luck on Twitter

and added: ”Thanks for one of the most memorable camps in 10 yrs.

GREAT GROUP OF GUYS!!”

Both were solid in the preseason, with Folk going 4 for 4 and

Brown 3 for 4, but Folk was more consistent throughout training

camp. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said the competition

was the best he has ever been around.

The Jets also waived-injured fullback-tight end Josh Baker after

he injured his right knee against Carolina on Sunday night.

Linebacker Damario Ambrose, running back Jeremy Stewart and wide

receivers Stanley Arukwe and Wes Kemp were also waived to get the

Jets down to 74 players – one below the maximum.

Baker was a promising player for the Jets, and expected to be a

valuable backup this season. He was hurt trying to catch a pass

from Mark Sanchez in the end zone, getting popped in the right knee

by Josh Norman’s helmet. Baker was helped off the field and then

carted to the locker room.

The team was still awaiting results from an MRI exam, but agent

Howard Shatsky wrote on Twitter that once Baker clears waivers,

he’ll go on the Jets’ injured reserve list.

”Preciate all the jets’ love these past two years,” Baker

wrote on Twitter. ”Been a wild ride and nowhere near over for me!

Gotta keep pushin.”

The Jets are suddenly thin at the tight end position with Dustin

Keller injuring a hamstring, but that’s not believed to be serious.

Jeff Cumberland is recovering from a concussion, while Dedrick Epps

had X-rays after the game Sunday on an undisclosed injury. Former

rugby player Hayden Smith and rookie Tarren Lloyd are the only

healthy players at the position on New York’s roster.

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