EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When Ryan Quigley woke up this morning he figured it would just be another gameday. No one ever knows exactly what to expect the morning of a game but you can be certain that Quigley was not anticipating his day going like this.
"We went through our normal warm-up and everything was fine," Quigley said. "I think (Nick) Folk was doing some kickoff. It happens. He pulled a quad and they said, 'Get ready to kick-off and kick field goals.' Immediately your mindset changes. It's something we've prepared for. Coach (Bobby) April's done a good job of keeping us ready. If Folk goes down I go in, if I go down Folk goes in. It's just one of those things. Be up, be ready, and just try to help the team as much as you can."
And help the team he did. Quigley still managed to shank two punts, including one right before halftime that allowed the Jaguars to score a touchdown two plays, 12 seconds and 50 yards later, but he pinned the Jaguars on their own 10 yard line twice, including at the end of the game, and made all four of his extra-point attempts.
"I thought he did a heck of a job. Some of them were a little iffy here and there, but he made them all," Todd Bowles said. " He got a heck of a punt off at the end. He did a good job."
Luckily for Quigley and the Jets every so often they have Folk practice punting and Quigley practice kicks just incase a situation like today happens and while they don't do it every week Quigley is extremely happy they did it this week.
"Every once in awhile, it's not something we do every week," Quigley said. "Luckily this week we did work on it. We just got to be ready. Anything can happen, you guys have seen it before."
If you're wondering when the last time Quigley kicked, not punted but kicked, in a game you'd have to go all the way back to his high school days.
"I didn't get the opportunity in college," Quigley said. "It's one of those things where I was there in case something happened. Same scenario. But not since high school. It's been a long time."
Because the injury happened during pre-game warmups Quigley didn't have much time to process the stress he was about to face and he thinks that might have been for the best, and he's probably right.
"I think it's almost better sometimes (when you don't have to think about it). You just go into the game and you just don't think about it. I knew they were going to ask me to (kick) the extra points," Quigley said. "Of course with the move back this year it's a different kick. But I knew I could make those kicks and Tanner (Purdum) did a great job putting the snaps on the money. Folk, he's never held either. He had a great holds. I wouldn't have been able to make it without those guys."
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