If you have ever kicked a football, think about sending your résumé to the Jets headquarters in Florham Park.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas may need to hold kicker tryouts soon after Chandler Catanzaro missed two extra points on Thursday night in Gang Green’s 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants. It continued a rough summer for Catanzaro, who has repeatedly missed kicks in practice.
Catanzaro did make one extra point and a 34-yard field goal, but missed extra points from 33 and 38 yards (after a delay-of-game penalty).
“I just gotta put it through the two yellow posts,” Catanzaro told The Post. “Pretty frustrating. Just gotta put it through.”
Coach Adam Gase indicated the blame did not fall completely on Catanzaro and there may have been a problem with the snap or hold.
“I know one of the operations, it wasn’t as clean as what we had been doing in practice,” Gase said. “We have to look at what’s going on, look at the whole operation, make sure everybody is doing their part.”
Catanzaro returned to the Jets this year after kicking for them in 2017, then leaving as a free agent. He replaced Jason Myers, who made the Pro Bowl for the Jets last season.
Former GM Mike Maccagan decided not to re-sign Myers because he felt the price was too high. The Seahawks signed Myers to a four-year, $15 million deal, but only $5.5 million of that is fully guaranteed.
The Jets signed Catanzaro to a one-year, $2.3 million deal. They may regret going the cheap route.
Gase wasted no time taking advantage of the new rule that allows coaches to challenge pass interference calls and non-calls.
In the third quarter, Jets quarterback Davis Webb threw a deep ball to Tim White that fell to the ground incomplete. Gase challenged that Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine had interfered with White on the play. After review, the refs ruled that Gase was correct and a 33-yard penalty was called, moving the ball from the Jets 22 to the Giants 45.
“It’s interesting,” Gase said of the new rule. “We’re just going to keep working through it. I’m sure there will be mistakes made along the way. It’s kind of like, ‘Should we have challenged that? Should we have not have?’ … That seemed like the right time. We all felt good about it and we got the result we wanted.”
The NFL added the rule after the controversial non-call in the NFC Championship Game last year when a Rams defensive back clearly should have been called for pass interference against the Saints but was not.
Owner Woody Johnson, who is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, was at the game and spent time with Gase and Douglas on the sideline beforehand. … RG Brian Winters left after one series with a shoulder injury. … WR Quincy Enunwa surprisingly played after leaving Tuesday’s practice with a groin injury. … RB Le’Veon Bell, RB Bilal Powell, C Ryan Kalil, DL Leonard Williams and DL Steve McLendon did not play.