Houston Roughnecks Sign Kicker JJ Molson In UFL Free Agency

Houston Roughnecks Sign Kicker JJ Molson In UFL Free Agency

The Houston Roughnecks added another piece to their roster this weekend, signing free agent kicker JJ Molson to bring some competition to UFL training camp.

This is an interesting move for one reason: Luis Aguilar. The Roughnecks had picked up the All-USFL kicker during the dispersal draft process, finding a replacement for Nick Vogel and Gabe Brkic who are no longer with the organization.

Now, the team is encouraging competition at the kicker position, with JJ Molson signing as the 75th player under contract for training camp.

Molson played the entirety of his college football at UCLA. He finished with an overall 69% success rate on his field goal attempts. JJ was quite accurate from within 39 yards, going 33-40 on kicks from that range. However, from kicks between 40-59 yards, Molson was 16-32 (50%).

What makes JJ an interesting prospect is his outstanding ability to kickoff the football. In the UFL, kickoffs will be extremely important due to the length kickers need to achieve (80 yards to the opponent’s end zone). In 2018, Molson earned Tommy Prothro Award honors for his success in the special teams game.

JJ Molson spent some time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, on and off of their practice squad for a couple of years. He did not appear in a regular season game, but attempted a couple of kicks – and several kickoffs, during preseason outings.

He also had his rights claimed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Now, Molson will look to get his professional career off the ground in the UFL, with the Houston Roughnecks.

Final Thoughts

It’ll be a different scene for the Houston Roughnecks in 2024. The team’s foundation is from the USFL’s Houston Gamblers, with their coaching staff and a good percentage of players making their way over under the “Roughnecks” branding.

General Manager Lionel Vital has brought in quite a bit of his own talent throughout the offseason process, so it isn’t surprising to see Houston bring in some competition for Aguilar.

Luis Aguilar was sensational for the Philadelphia Stars in 2023, only missing a couple of kicks. Most notably, he won All-USFL honors and went a whopping 8-8 in a week five win against the Generals.

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