When someone thinks of the Jacksonville Jaguars, they rarely think of success, or the playoffs. However, there was a time the Jaguars were considered a power in the AFC. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they know all to well what kicker Josh Scobee brings to the table. He has a big leg, and has made some big kicks in big situations, including a game winning field goal in the 2008 playoffs at Heinz Field.
In a trade that is reportedly for a late round draft pick, Scobee's resume speaks for itself. Despite not having much recent playoff success due to being on one of the worst teams in the NFL, Scobee's career has spanned enough time to have given him the experience he needs to step in and be a capable kicker on a team with high goals for 2015.
Some fans may think him playing in Jacksonville, FL will hinder his ability to make crucial kicks in late December and January in Pittsburgh. I hate to do this, but let the video below remind you of Scobee's ability.
Scobee had missed a field goal earlier in that game, but atoned for his miss with the game-winner. Sending the Steelers home with a very sour taste in their mouths. Check Heinz Field experience off your list of "must-haves" when looking for a replacement for Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley.
Not only does Scobee have experience in the playoffs, albeit limited, and at Heinz Field, but he has a big leg. So what is Scobee's range? Many of you who follow the NFL on a week-to-week basis might remember this 59-yard field goal to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2010.
Scobee was drafted in 2004 and has been in the league for 12 years now, so the 59-yard field goal might not be in his repertoire anymore, but in 2014 he hit a pair of 53-yard field goals to prove he still has plenty left in the leg when it comes to making those lengthy field goals.
Not only can Scobee still make the long field goals, but he is also very capable in the kickoff game. Last year Scobee notched 37 touchbacks, compared to just 30 for Shaun Suisham. From 2011 to 2014, 53.7 percent of Scobee's kickoffs went for touchbacks.
While comparing the two, in 2014 Scobee hit 20 of 26 field goals for a 76.9 percent success rate. Scobee was 7-9 from the 40-49 yard range and 3-6 from over 50 yards. Suisham's 2014 season had him making 29 of 32 kicks, was 10-10 from 40-49 yards and 1-3 from over 50 yards.
Scobee isn't nearly as accurate as Suisham, especially in recent years, but should be a valuable commodity to the team as they look to head into 2015 with their eyes on bringing home a seventh Lombardi trophy to the Steel City.