PRO: The Titans claimed Sam Ficken off waivers during the 2021 training camp to add competition and experience to the kicking position. The 6-foot-1-inch, 192-pounder has appeared in 28 games over four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (2017-18) and New York Jets (2019-20), and has made 35 of 48 career field goals (72.9 percent), including a long of 54, and 49 of 56 extra point tries (87.5 percent). He has totaled 154 career points. The Valparaiso, Ind., native has recorded 111 career kickoffs for 7,037 yards (63.4-yard avg.) with 63 touchbacks. Ficken originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 and has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
• In 2017, Ficken made his postseason debut and successfully made both field goal attempts and his lone extra point try.
• In 2019, Ficken set career-highs in games played (15), extra points made (23) and attempted (26), field goals made (19) and attempted (27), field goal long (54), and points scored (80).
• Before Ficken was signed by the Rams in 2017, he put his finance degree to use by working at a brokerage firm in Connecticut. 'When I got called to come out, they said they hoped they never saw me again.'
• Cousin, Robbie Hummel, played basketball at Purdue and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2012 NBA Draft.
• Ficken enjoys water skiing, wake boarding, tubing and skiing.
• The Valparaiso, Ind., native originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft.
• Waived by the Jaguars on Aug. 29, 2016.
• Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent on Aug. 9, 2017.
• Waived by the Chiefs on Sept. 2, 2017.
• Signed by the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent on Dec. 21, 2017.
• Waived by the Rams on Aug. 31, 2018.
• Signed by the Rams on Sept. 17, 2018.
• Waived by the Rams on Oct. 2, 2018.
• Signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent on Jan. 11, 2019.
• Waived by the Seahawks on April 12, 2019.
• Claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers from the Seahawks on April 15, 2019.
• Waived by the Packers on Aug. 31, 2019.
• Signed by the New York Jets as a free agent on Sept. 10, 2019.
• Waived by the Jets on Jan. 2, 2021.
• Signed by the Jets on Jan. 5, 2021.
• Waived by the Jets on July 31, 2021.
• Claimed off waivers by the Titans from the Jets on Aug. 1, 2021.
• Appeared in 40 games over four seasons at Penn State (2011-14) and finished his career ranked second in school annals in field goals made (54). Totaled 54 field goals on 75 attempts and successfully made 109 extra points on 112 attempts. Totaled 271 points over his career. Led the team in scoring each year from 2012-14. Added 201 kickoffs for 12,272 yards with 66 touchbacks.
• As a senior (2014), appeared in 13 games and set the single-season school record for field goals made (24). Made 24 of 29 field goals (82.8 percent), including a long of 50, and all 28 extra point attempts. Totaled a career-best and team-leading 100 points scored. Recorded 62 kickoffs for 3,722 yards (60.0-yard avg.) with 21 touchbacks. Selected as captain and was a semifinalist for the Lou Graza Collegiate Placekicker Award. Two-time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.
• As a junior (2013), saw action in 12 games and led the Nittany Lions in scoring for the second straight season with 86 points. Connected on 15 of 23 field goals, including 15 consecutive kicks, which set a program record. Successfully made the longest field goal by a Penn State player at home after connecting on a 54-yard kick against Kent State (9/21/13). Added 41 extra points on 42 attempts. Recorded 67 kickoffs for 4,079 yards (60.9-yard avg.) and 18 touchbacks. Named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
• As a sophomore (2012), played in 12 games and converted 14 of 21 field goals and 39 of 41 extra point attempts. Led the team with 81 points scored. Recorded 68 kickoffs for 4,210 yards (61.9-yard avg.) and 27 touchbacks.
• As a freshman (2011), saw action in three games and made one of two field goals.
• Majored in finance at Penn State.
• Attended Valparaiso (Ind.) High School where he was named first team Associated Press Class 5A all-state after making 13 field goals as a senior including a school record 52-yard kick.
• Son of Jim and Nancy Ficken.
• Has one brother, Drew.
• Follow Ficken on Twitter @sficken1 and on Instagram @samficken.
• Born Samuel James Ficken on Dec. 14, 1992 in Valparaiso, Ind.