Jets add Kicker Derek Dimke to compete with Nick Folk
The New York Jets moved towards quickly sealing the deal after having Derek Dimke workout for them earlier today. Derek Dimke also had an impending workout planned for the Seattle Seahawks, before signing with the New York Jets.
With the recent addition of Derek Dimke, the New York Jets are bringing in kicking competition for incumbent Nick Folk during spring workouts and training camp. Nick Folk agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets in March after he made 21-of-27 field goals last season.
The New York Jets typically bring two kickers into camp every offseason. Last year the competition was between Nick Folk and Josh Brown, while the year before that it was Folk against Nick Novack.
The move is also in line with New York Jets new General Manager Idzik’s promise to bring competition at every spot.
Derek Dimke was signed by the Detroit Lions last year after coming undrafted out of Illinois. The 23-year-old Derek Dimke played for the Detroit Lions through the preseason before being released as he failed to unseat veteran Jason Hanson. The former Detroit Lions long-time kicker Jason Hanson recently announced his retirement after completing 21 seasons in the league.
Derek Dimke attempted two field goals and made them both – 40 and 31 yards, during his limited time in Detroit.
Although Derek Dimke believed the Detroit Lions would call him up as replacement to Jason Hanson, the Lions moved with signing David Akers a day after Hanson’s departure. The Detroit Lions also signed Norwegian internet sensation Havard Rugland on Thursday. The trick-shot kicker Havard Rugland also worked out for the New York Jets late in the 2012 season.
Derek Dimke previously also worked out for the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Derek Dimke went 39-of-46 on field goals during his collegiate career at Illinois from 2009 through 2011.