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The Jets turned to a familiar face to replace Alex Kessman after he missed two extra points against the Eagles, signing Eddy Piñeiro on Monday.

Piñeiro had worked out for New York before it settled on Kessman as its replacement for the struggling Matt Ammendola, who was coincidentally re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. Now Piñeiro will get his chance to bring stability to the Jets’ sputtering kicking game.

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Here are seven things to know about New York’s newest kicker.

Family Background

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Piñeiro was born in Florida to Cuban and Nicaraguan immigrants. Piñeiro’s father, Eddy Piñeiro Sr., came to the United States at age 9 during the Mariel boatlift of 1980.

Soccer Skills

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Piñeiro Sr. had a professional soccer career with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the ASL/APSL . His son took to the sport before turning his attention to football. Piñeiro was a four-time All-Dade County selection on the pitch and did not play football until his senior year at Miami Sunset Senior High School. Piñeiro was set to play soccer at Florida Atlantic University, but academic issues kept him from accepting his scholarship and led him to attend ASA College, a small junior college in Florida.

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Saban saw him first

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Piñeiro went to an open kicking combine at the University of Alabama in 2015 and impressed legendary Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. Piñeiro stood out among hundreds of kickers and wound up committing to Alabama. However, he later tried out to play at the University of Florida and ultimately landed in Gainsville.

One of Florida’s best

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Piñeiro had the best field goal percentage in college football during his senior year at Florida, missing just one of his 18 attempts for a 94.4 percent conversion rate. Piñeiro concluded his career with the Gators with a field goal conversion rate of 88.4 percent, which currently ranks first in program history.

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