A day late. We are so, so sorry.
While local media and pockets of the fan base continue their obsession with players no longer on this team, some were appreciating the anniversary of the Jaguars benefiting from a Chargers mistake.
On this day in 2017, the @Jaguars signed K @JoshLambo.— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) October 17, 2019
Since then, he's made 52 of 55 FGs (franchise record 94.5 FG%), including all 33 at home, and set the franchise record with 24 consecutive made FGs.
Contract extension on Feb. 13, 2019.
Glad to have you in JAX, Lambo! pic.twitter.com/HwAtUAuaeK
Since his signing, Josh Lambo has been a fan favorite thanks to his on-field performances, and off-field personality.
Prior to signing Lambo, the Jaguars were mired in mediocrity at the kicking position, a spot where they had historically shone. The names of Josh Scobee and Mike Hollis gave the fans a sense of pride and confidence when needing a field goal or extra point. Unfortunately, after trading Scobee to the Steelers on August 31, 2015 the team, and fans, suffered through Jason Myers’ hot and cold performances. The patience with Myers ended in 2017 when his early season 0-3 from 50+, and continued overall decrease in FG% success warranted a change.
Enter the ex-club and international soccer player.
Lambo made an immediate impact. Less than a month in teal, Lambo faced his former team, nailing a 34 yard FG with :03 left to send the game into overtime where he hit from 30 yards to get the victory. This year, Lambo won Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his 4 field goal and 2 extra points performance in Denver, where his final kick secured victory.
Ryan Day wrote about Lambo winning the award, noting:
Lambo is now the third kicker in franchise history to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, joining Mike Hollis (three-time selection) and Josh Scobee (eight-time selection), and the first since Scobee won the award in Week 13 of the 2014 season.
As a personality, Lambo can be found doing videos with ex-Jaguars Scobee for Nexgrill’s “Gridiron Grilling”, and frequents social media to banter with fans and share his original style. The video of him signing a four year extension is famous for the special guest appearance of a special canine.
Look good. Feel good. Play good. pic.twitter.com/8L0Z4Miiyo— Josh Lambo (@JoshLambo) September 14, 2019
February 13, 2019
After the most recent win in Denver, Jaguars punter Logan Cooke had this to say about his teammate:
“He’s the best kicker that I’ve ever held for and the best I’ve honestly seen kick a football. You never want to say it’s a chip shot before it happens but you’re pretty confident he was going to make it.”
Coach Doug Marrone added:
“It’s comforting as a head coach when you’ve got to make decisions of kicking field goals, when you want to do them, what you want to do, and it’s good to have someone like him that you feel is reliable, you can count on. I think what a lot of people don’t see is how hard he does work at his craft, just with controlling the football on onside kicks and things of that nature.”
His stats since joining the Jaguars are impressive.
- 52 of 55 FG attempts for a 95.17% success rate
- Perfect inside 39 yards and 17 of 20 from 40+
- Franchise record of 24 consecutive FG made across the 2017/18 seasons
- Per Pro-Football-Reference, Lambo ranks 3rd all time in FG% at 87.395%
- Prior to Saints kicker Greg Zuerlein hitting from 57 yards earlier this year, Lambo held the NFL playoff record by scoring from 54 yards against the Patriots in 2017
- Record career long 57-yard FG against the Eagles in 2018
Last year I wrote about my love for Lambo, and frankly I think it was undersold. From recovering onside kicks, being a reliable points provider, visiting children in local hospitals, or teaming with Alert Today Florida to teach about the benefits and safety precautions of walking to school, Josh has given us much to be grateful for as a player and a person.
Thank you 4!!!!
Editors note: I had incorrectly referred to Josh Lambo’s 57-yard field goal as a franchise record. A comment noted Josh Scobee owns this record with a 59-yard field goal. I leveraged information from jaguars.com for the data.