Sam Ficken
Ficken in 2019
No. 4 – Tennessee Titans
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 29)
Valparaiso, Indiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Valparaiso (Valparaiso, Indiana)
College:Penn State
Undrafted:2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Field goals made:26
Field goal attempts:37
Field goal %:70.2
Longest field goal:54
Touchbacks:45
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Samuel James Ficken (born December 14, 1992) is an American football placekicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015, and has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and Green Bay Packers.

High school career

Ficken, a former soccer player, was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, and attended Valparaiso High School, where he was named first-team Associated Press Class 5A all-state kicker. He also was a member of the all-area team. Ficken made 13 field goals during his senior year, including a school-record 52-yard kick. He also had 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.[1]

College career

Ficken saw little action in 2011 behind veteran starting kicker, Anthony Fera. He hit an extra point after touchdown in the opener against Indiana State, as well as kicking off once. He missed his first collegiate field goal attempt in a game against Temple, but rebounded with a completed field goal against Eastern Michigan.[2] Besides two more kickoffs, Ficken did not play for the remainder of the year.[1]

Ficken became the starting kicker in 2012. Ficken started the year off poorly, missing 7 of his first 11 field goals (including one from the one yard line in a game against Illinois, as well as missing 4 out of 5 in a one-point loss to Virginia[3]). However, after being mentored by starting Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould,[4] he finished the year by hitting ten straight successful field goals, putting him 14 for 21 on the year. Ficken also completed 39 of 41 extra-point attempts (one was blocked, the other one was a miss).[2] He was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on November 26, 2012, after a 3 for 3 game against the Wisconsin Badgers, one of which was the game-winning kick in overtime.[4]

Ficken made 15 consecutive field goals from October 27, 2012, to September 14, 2013, breaking the Penn State record for consecutive field goals made.[5]

To start the 2014 season, Ficken kicked a last-second, game-winning field goal in the Croke Park Classic.[6] During the Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College, Ficken tied the game with a 44-yard field goal and kicked the game-winning point after touchdown in overtime.

Professional career

After going undrafted during the 2015 NFL Draft, Ficken attended the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp in May 2015, but was not signed.[7]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ficken was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on July 25, 2016.[8][non-primary source needed] On August 29, 2016, he was waived by the Jaguars.[9]

Kansas City Chiefs

On August 8, 2017, Ficken signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after an injury to Cairo Santos.[10] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[11]

Los Angeles Rams

On December 20, 2017, Ficken was signed by the Los Angeles Rams to replace injured Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein.[12] On April 16, 2018, Ficken signed his exclusive rights tender, staying with the Rams.[13] He was waived on August 31, 2018.[14] Ficken was re-signed on September 17 following another injury to Greg Zuerlein.[15] On September 23, 2018, Ficken made five extra points in a 35–23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Ficken was released by the Rams on October 2, 2018, after just two games, in which he missed two of his three field goal attempts.[16]

Seattle Seahawks

On January 11, 2019, Ficken signed a reserve/future contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[17] He was waived on April 13, 2019.[18]

Green Bay Packers

On April 15, 2019, Ficken was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers.[19] On August 31, 2019, Ficken was waived by the Packers.[20]

New York Jets

Ficken was signed by the New York Jets on September 10, 2019.[21]

Ficken re-signed with the Jets on April 23, 2020.[22] He was placed on injured reserve on November 24, 2020, with a groin injury.[23] On December 19, 2020, Ficken was activated off of injured reserve.[24] On January 2, 2021, Ficken was waived by the Jets in favor of Chase McLaughlin for the final game of the season.[25] Ficken had missed a field goal and an extra point against the Cleveland Browns in his last game with the Jets. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on January 4, 2021.[26] He was waived on July 30, 2021.

Tennessee Titans

On August 1, 2021, Ficken was claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans.[27] He was placed on injured reserve on September 11, 2021.

References

  1. ^ a b "Sam Ficken Profile – Penn state Official Athletic Site". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Sam Ficken Stats, News, Videos, Pictures, Bio – Penn State Nittany Lions". ESPN. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Pencek, Matthew (September 10, 2012). "Sam Ficken's bad day recalls Penn State kicker Ray Tarasi and redemption". PennLive LLC. Archived from the original on March 9, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Kaplan, Emily. "Penn State's Jordan Hill, Sam Ficken honored by Big Ten". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Moyer, Josh. "Sam Ficken goes from goat to hero". ESPN. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  6. ^ Crowe, Aisling (August 31, 2014). "Croke Park lights up as sport and theatre collide". The Irish Independent. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Penn State's Sam Ficken plans to follow Robbie Gould's model for NFL success". mcall.com. April 28, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars on Twitter". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Oehser, John (August 29, 2016). "CB Demetrius McCray among eight players waived". Jaguars.com. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Thorman, Joel (August 9, 2017). "With Cairo Santos nursing an injury, Chiefs sign former Penn State kicker". ArrowheadPride.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". Chiefs.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Simmons, Myles (December 20, 2017). "Rams Place Greg Zuerlein on IR, Sign Ficken". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Simmons, Myles (April 16, 2018). "Rams Sign Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Dennis, Clarence (August 31, 2018). "Rams Make Initial Roster Cuts". TheRams.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Rams Sign K Sam Ficken, Place WR Mike Thomas on IR". TheRams.com. September 17, 2018.
  16. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (October 2, 2018). "Rams release Sam Ficken, work out two veteran kickers". The Rams Wire.
  17. ^ Condotta, Bob (January 11, 2019). "With Sebastian Janikowski's future uncertain, Seahawks sign kicker Sam Ficken". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh (April 12, 2019). "Seahawks waive Sam Ficken, Emmanuel Beal". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  19. ^ "Packers claim K Sam Ficken". Packers.com. April 15, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  20. ^ "Packers announce roster moves". Packers.com. August 31, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  21. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 10, 2019). "Jets Sign K Sam Ficken". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  22. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (April 23, 2020). "Jets Sign 4 Exclusive Rights Free Agents". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  23. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 24, 2020). "Jets Sign RB Josh Adams, Place La'Mical Perine on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  24. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (December 19, 2020). "Jets Activate K Sam Ficken from Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  25. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (January 2, 2021). "Jets Activate RG Greg Van Roten from Injured Reserve, Waive K Sam Ficken". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  26. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (January 4, 2021). "Jets Sign 9 Players to Reserve/Future Deals". NewYorkJets.com.
  27. ^ Alper, Josh (August 1, 2021). "Titans claim Sam Ficken off waivers". NBCSports.com.