Jason Myers is a young kicker and the Jacksonville Jaguars knew they would have to take some lumps in going with him instead of a veteran during the 2015 season.
With the Jaguars in a close battle against the Baltimore Ravens, Myers seemed like an easy scapegoat.
In the third quarter, Myers missed a 26-yarder that would have put the Jaguars up 16-14. Instead, he missed it wide on one of the ugliest kicks in a long, long time.
As the Jaguars then subsequently scored a touchdown, things looked ok.
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Then the Ravens drove and scored and ended up 20-19.
That’s the kind of situation no team wants to be in and it’s the kind of game that was poised to be blamed on the kicker.
Everything was falling apart and as Blake Bortles was pulled down for a sack with 0:00 left on the clock, everyone was left wondering “what if?” about that 26-yarder.
But as the flags came in and Elvis Dumervil was was flagged for a 15-yard facemask penalty, there was hope in the air. Jason Myers came on the field and kicked a 53-yarder to end the game and give the Jaguars their first road win in what seems like eternity.
Jason Myers redeemed himself.
But does that mean we should overlook the mediocre play he’s been putting up every other week.
As we bask in the glory of a Jaguars win (no matter how ugly it was) the leg of Myers needs to still be considered. He’s missed three extra points on the season, continues to miss the odd field goal (one today and three others through the season) including some in clutch moments. The Jaguars would be wise to bring in somebody for competition in the offseason and, if things stay shaky, maybe somebody to replace him during the season.