Former Texas A&M place-kicker Taylor Bertolet (2012-15) has signed with the New York Jets to replace Chandler Catanzaro after Catanzaro missed two extra points in Thursday’s game.
The 26-year-old Bertolet has never kicked in an NFL regular-season game, but he played for the Alliance of America Football’s Salt Lake Stallions in the spring this year, hitting 9 of 14 field goals, four of them beyond the 50.
Bertolet and former Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh worked out with the Jets on Saturday, reported Newsday, adding that Bertolet hit 4 of 6 field-goal attempts to win the job.
“This is where we’re at right now,” Jets head coach Adam Gase told Newsday. “We’ll see how everything goes. What I saw today I was pretty impressed. It sounded good coming off his foot.”
Bertolet had a roller-coaster career at Texas A&M, hitting 36 of 57 field goals with a long of 55. He was 128 of 138 on PATs. He missed 10 of his first 17 PATs, losing the job to Josh Lambo.
Bertolet made 13 of 22 field goals as a freshman, also losing that job to Lambo. But Bertolet came back his senior season to hit 22 of 31 field goals and all 38 PATs to redeem himself.
Bertolet wasn’t drafted in 2016, signing with the Los Angeles Rams who cut him after about four months. He was signed by the Broncos in 2018, lasting just over a month. He signed with the Jets a week later, lasting four months, going 4 for 4 on PATs in the preseason.
Bertolet signed with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football this year and after that league filed for bankruptcy, he again was signed by Denver, but lasted only three months with the Broncos, getting waived July 23.