Inside kicker Matt Ammendola’s signature

The first time Matt Ammendola returned to full pads as a kicker took place in the same stadium as the last time he adapted, and his game up and down in the 17-0 win of the Texans against the 49ers might be enough to win it. a spot on an NFL roster once the regular season begins.

The 25-year-old pundit has been scouring towns in search of a landing spot since the Jets released him in March – a long-awaited trade that could have been anticipated as the franchise turned to another kicker after that Ammendola made two of three field goal attempts in a 21-14 win over the Texans in late November at NRG Stadium.

Ammendola was in Green Bay trying out for the Packers two days ago. He returned late Monday night, shortly after news broke that veteran Packers kicker Mason Crosby was planning to return to the team. Ammendola’s agent called him the next morning. “Hey,” he said, his agent told him, “Houston might need a kick.” He had worked with the Texans in April. The franchise told him they would keep in touch with him if they needed him.

Houston starting kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn suffered an injury that sidelined him against the 49ers, and although a person with knowledge of the injury said he is expected to return by the regular season opener, the Texans still needed a replacement for their preseason finale. . At the very least, Ammendola had the opportunity to show off his leg to other teams who might later need a kicker.

“It all kind of just kind of just happened on its own,” Ammendola said.

Ammendola found himself on a flight the same day and arrived in Houston around 10:30 p.m. He met the team on Wednesday. The players had the day off because it was the day before Houston’s preseason final against the 49ers, so Ammendola couldn’t practice with the Texans before their exhibition.

Ammendola went for a 45-yard attempt in the third quarter, then, later in the fourth quarter, he narrowly missed a 31-yard field goal down the left.

“I think I probably jumped the gun a bit,” Ammendola said. “A little fast. A little anxious. They are gimmicks. I have to get there. On top of that, the 45-yard player felt amazing off the foot. Extra points, right in the middle. Everything felt good. Obviously, I just want the last one back. But I just have to move on.

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