The New York Jets have changed kickers.
Ficken spent the summer with the Packers before he was waived August 31.
An Indiana native, Ficken has one the more fascinating recent redemption stories in Lions lore, as a rocky start eventually morphed into game-winning kicks to upset Wisconsin in 2012, beat UCF in Ireland in 2014, and walk-off the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College the same year.
Vedvik was placed on waivers. The Jets signed him after staging a five-kicker tryout Tuesday morning. Ficken played two games for the Rams last season while Pro Bowler Greg Zeurlein was out. He hit 3-of-6 field goal attempts and 14-of-15 extra point attempts over four games.
Ficken was with Green Bay during training camp before he was waived among the Packers' final cuts.
"We have to make extra points, we have to make field goals", Gase said, via the New York Post. "We're going to try to figure out a way to fix it".
NY opened training camp with Chandler Catanzaro, who surprisingly retired after a shaky preseason opener during which he missed two extra points. A familiar face in Taylor Bertolet was brought back only for him to prove that he wasn't the answer after a disastrous summer.
Vedvik was coveted by teams in need of kicking help after impressing as Justin Tucker's preseason backup with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jets loved Vedvik's leg strength, thinking they could get him right in a week for the opener. Gase was part of that decision, but he was in no mood to reflect on it. "I don't even remember what was discussed".