Nugent hopes for better start than last year

Mike Nugent would like to forget about last season's opener versus the Tennessee Titans.

Nugent missed on tries from 34 and 30, and also missed an extra point,during last season's Jets Week One win. However, as the old adage says, "it's not always where you start, but rather where you finish."

The ability to forget is often a kicker's best friend, and Nugent was blessed with the ability to do so, and do so in a hurry last season.

"Something happened early and I let it get to me [2006 opening day]. " Nugent said from his locker Thursday afternoon. "But I wiped it out once the game was over and moved on to the next step, the next week. I need to do that earlier. If I miss an extra point early, forget about it, just move on."

He was able to put the horrors of week one behind him and move forward, missing only one field goal the rest of the season, and emerging as one of the team's most reliable weapons.

Now with two years of seasoning under his belt, Nugent looks to build on last season's momentum, and continue his evolution into one of the league's premier place kickers.

Nugent had a great training camp, capped off by being named one of the special team's captains. His increased leg strength was noticeable throughout training camp as was his consistent accuracy.

Nugent credits much of his preseason success to his strong off-season workout regimen. He put on weight and spent a lot of the time strengthening his entire body, rather than just the leg. It's the added weight, and leg speed, that is responsible for the increased distance.

When the previous regime drafted Nugent in the second round of the 2005 draft, they felt his calm and collected nature would lend itself well to the pressures that come with kicking in New York.

For the most part, his cool head has prevailed. But that's not to say that he doesn't feel the significance of Sunday's opener.

"I would be lying if I said I was completely not nervous." Nugent said. "I think any player might be a little nervous going into this game. The good thing is that we have been working together with this team, with these coaches, for so long that we know exactly what we're doing when we get out there on the field."


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