WATCH: Three things to know about newly acquired Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet

Rolando Rosa

After the stunning news of 28-year-old kicker Chandler Catanzaro's retirement, the Jets elected to sign Taylor Bertolet, who most recently played for the AAF's Salt Lake Stallions. 

The Jets hope that the 26-year-old Bertolet can take command of the position after Catanzaro struggled through training camp and in the preseason opener. 

In his first practice with the Jets on Sunday, Bertolet made five of his seven attempts, with his misses from 35 and 45 yards. 

“What I saw today, I was pretty impressed," Jets coach Adam Gase said. "It sounded good coming off his foot.”

Here's three things to know about the new Jets kicker:

1. Welcome back 

This is a reunion between Bertolet and the Jets. Last year, Bertolet was a member of the Jets from May 7 to September 1 before being waived in favor of Jason Myers. 

Bertolet, who's bounced around between the Rams, Broncos and Jets, has never played in the regular season during four-year career. Gang Green hopes the second time is the charm with Bertolet. 

2. Strong leg

Bertolet has shown the capability to convert from long distance and pin the opponent with touchbacks. As a kicker at Texas A&M, Bertolet's career-high was a 55-yard field goal and by his junior year had over 150 touchbacks. 

Last season with the Stallions, Bertolet went 4-for-7 on attempts from 50 yards or more last season. If Bertolet can replicate the range he showed in the AAF, he'll have a chance to make the roster. 

3. SEC and Texas A&M record holder

Bertolet had a decorated collegiate career. 

In 2012, Bertolet set a Texas A&M record for extra points converted (67). In 2015, Bertolet tied an SEC and Texas A&M by hitting six field goals vs. Vanderbilt and was selected as a Second-team All-SEC member. 

Quarterback Johnny Manziel and Bertolet were the first freshmen in program history to surpass 100 points in a season. 

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Rolando Rosa
Rolando Rosa

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I get where you're coming from but it's never too late to bloom. Gase was impressed by what he saw today in practice so let's see if that translates to the next preseason game.

Hbkjcm
Hbkjcm

The fact he hasn't made an NFL team yet might be a red flag. Although he definitely has a leg. Just needs more consistency.

JetsManiac
JetsManiac

It's like Jekyll and Hyde with this kid. If the good version stays we're set. If not, gotta keep looking.

Laurg1089
Laurg1089

I'm a little iffy on if he's the guy but Gase had positive comments so we'll see.

SouthJerseySwag
SouthJerseySwag

Taylor proved himself to me in the AAF with those long kicks so I think he'll be better for us this time✈️🏈💚

GangGreen91
GangGreen91

Who doesn't love a great comeback story?! Hope you stick on this time Taylor! #GangGreen


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