Robert Saleh Sheds Light on Jets’ 2022 Plan at Kicker

Eddy Pineiro

Getty New York Jets kicker Eddy Pineiro on January 9, 2022.

The New York Jets shared their season ticket holder call on February 24, 2022.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this concept, the Jets head coach participates in a conference call question-and-answer with season ticket holders. Robert Saleh’s 2022 call was filled with optimism, some funny tidbits, and even some “draft advice” from Gang Green’s finest.

It also included one or two telling remarks about the future.

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Saleh Provides Revealing Answer at Kicker


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The question came in from season ticket holder John Rosen around the 27-minute mark, and it focused on the franchise’s kicker woes over the years. It was pretty open-ended, asking: “How do you guys feel about the kicker position going forward?”

First, Saleh agreed that kicker should and will be a priority under this new administration. “It’s one of the more underrated aspects of football, the kicker scores points so he’s gotta be on it,” the HC began.

He continued: “We really like the way Eddy Pineiro finished off the season. His leg seemed to get stronger as the year went on and the young man is unflappable which is kind of what you need in New York.”

The midseason signing went eight-for-eight on field goals over the final five games of 2021 with a 51-yard long. He did miss one extra point but compared to the kickers that came before him, Pineiro was a breath of fresh air.

He’s now an unrestricted free agent and Saleh may have accidentally tipped his hand on Pineiro’s contract plans during his response.

The Jets HC voiced: “Really excited about him but there’s also going to be some competition that’s brought in [because] you’re right, that position is very very very important and can’t be understated, and when you find a good one you gotta hold on to him for dear life. But we like the way Eddy finished the season and bringing in some competition will be a definite topic for this offseason.”

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Music to the Ears of Jets Fans

This answer could not have been better from Saleh and for more reasons than one. The obvious positive is that this franchise will no longer ignore the kicker position and let successful ones like Jason Myers or Nick Folk leave in free agency.

Number two — and this part may have been unintended — Saleh acted as if Pineiro was already on the roster in 2022. Based on his comments, expect the Jets to make a strong effort in re-signing ‘Eddy Money’ come March.

Then there was the unexpected competition guarantee from Saleh. He walked back that statement a little bit at the end of his reply but still admitted that “bringing in some competition will be a definite topic for this offseason.”

The Jets currently have Matt Ammendola signed to a futures contract and we know they want to bring Pineiro back based on Saleh’s response, but will there be a third kicker in the mix? A rookie UDFA perhaps, or a late-round pick in a trade-down scenario. Another veteran could even enter the fold.

Whatever route Saleh and GM Joe Douglas decide to go, it certainly seems like a possibility that the Green & White add at the position as they look to find some consistency going forward.

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