The Jacksonville Jaguars have undergone unprecedented changes throughout the roster since David Caldwell took over as general manager in 2013. Every year, Caldwell would purge some of the disastrous acquisitions made by former GM Gene Smith while adding his own guys.
Through all the change, the one constant was longtime placekicker Josh Scobee. Since being selected in the 5th round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Scobee has been one of the more consistent kickers in the league. His 80.756% field goal conversion percentage is good for 35th all time in the history of the NFL, but he’s started to dip in recent years. Once known for having arguably the strongest leg and terrific accuracy on long field goal attempts, Scobee had a number of high-profile misses in 2014. Most notably he was the main reason for a blocked kick on a game-winning field goal attempt against the Tennessee Titans in week 6.
Despite some struggles, there was no thought put towards replacing Scobee this offseason… until now.
The Jaguars have stumbled across Scobee’s potential replacement in Jason Myers. After hitting multiple 50+ yard field goals in Saturday night’s scrimmage with room to spare, many have speculated if he could be a possible replacement for Scobee. Mike Kaye of first coast news brought this up in a recent post:
"Jason Myers, his “competition,” is making the league minimum, which is $3 million less than Scobee.It’s not all about money though, as Myers is a legit NFL kicker. He’s nailing 50-yard field goals with plenty of room to spare and his kickoffs are automatic touchbacks. If he doesn’t make the roster over Scobee, he will likely be on NFL roster this season. The Marist College grad is only 24."
Moving on from Scobee will save the Jaguars some money, but the team certainly doesn’t need to make room salary cap-wise.
Cutting Scobee this year would be a monumental move for David Caldwell – Scobee has been one of the few consistently above average performers on the Jaguars roster for the better part of a decade. He appears to have a more than adequate replacement on the roster in Myers. If the new kicker makes some big-time field goals in the preseason, Caldwell is going to have a tough decision to make.
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