Former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken signs with Kansas City Chiefs

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken as insurance against the recent injury sustained by kicker Cairo Santos.

The outlet reports that Ficken spent time with the Chiefs in 2015 after he was not selected in that year's NFL Draft. He found his first home in 2016 when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was waived prior to the season.

Ficken converted 54 of 75 (72 percent) field goal tries at Penn State.

He carried that momentum into the 2013 season when he successfully drilled five straight, breaking the program record with 15 consecutive made field goals.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Kansas City worked out kickers John Lunsford and Conrad Ukropina. Santos' job is safe but someone needs to be there to kick field goals if Santos can't play.

Ukropina is an undrafted free agent out of Stanford that has yet to catch on with an National Football League team. He is a career 84.3-percent kicker over his three years, all with the Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday night that Ficken has been added to the franchise's roster ahead of Friday's preseason opener with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs play the first game of the National Football League regular season when they take on the New England Patriots on August 7.

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