New York Jets kicker Sergio Castillo credits CFL for preparing him to succeed in the NFL

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Sergio Castillo hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

The New York Jets kicker credits his time in the Canadian football League for his instant success with gang green.

“It’s been a journey to get here and I’ve been very fortunate the past five years that I’ve been kicking in the CFL. That has prepared me for these moments. I appreciate the B.C. Lions last year giving me an opportunity,” Castillo told Jets team reporter Ethan Greenberg.

Castillo made his first four career NFL field goals, a positive start with the Jets. His fifth and most recent attempt was blocked. He went three-for-three in the first half of New York’s Week 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, making field goals from lengths of 39, 55, and 48 yards.

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“I’m just trying to put food on the table for my future baby that’s coming in January. That’s a little more motivation. The fact that they signed me shows the confidence that they have in me,” Castillo said.

“Coach [Brant] Boyer and coach Hammer [Jeff Hammerschmidt] for them two to have the confidence in me and give me the green light, I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Castillo signed a practice roster agreement with the Jets on October 14. He made his regular season NFL debut in Week 7 during an 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, making his lone field goal attempt from 29 yards out.

“It happened real quick. There’s a lot of people that have helped me along this road and I’m very grateful. My mind set — it doesn’t matter if I’m on the practice roster or on the active roster, I’m going to find a way to help the team out,” Castillo said.

The former member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Lions has kicked 80-of-92 field goal attempts (87 percent) in the CFL with a long of 57 yards. He opted out of his contract to pursue the NFL following the cancellation of the 2020 season in Canada.

“It’s been a long journey to get here, it took me six years since college. I’m very grateful for the moment that I’m in and I’m just trying to find a way to put my part in for the team,” Castillo, the West Texas A&M University graduate, said.

“If I’m starting, find a way to put points on the board, and if I’m on the practice squad support the team vocally.”