While the Jaguars have had to undergo plenty of struggles over the past five weeks of the season, none of the struggles have compared to its kicking situation.
Today, Jaguars place kicker Josh Lambo has been designated to return, opening up a 21-day window for Jacksonville to activate its star kicker, potentially giving the team a much-needed boost in the kicking department.
#Jaguars K Josh Lambo has been “designated for return” from the team’s reserve/injured list, and the club has 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster. He was originally placed on reserve/injured on Sept. 23 with a left hip injury.— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) October 21, 2020
“Today he’ll be out there, we’ll see how he feels,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said today when asked about Lambo’s status. “I think there’ll be a lot of communication in that to see where he is and make sure he’s comfortable with it and then if he feels that he can do it, then yes, he’ll be out there. If he feels that, ‘Well, I’m really not sure’, [if] there’s any type of doubt in it, then I wouldn’t put him out there.
“That’s what I’ve done with pretty much every player no matter who it is from when it comes down to coming back from injury. A lot of times, players will come back, and we’ve had players [that say], ‘I want to go, I want to go’, but when they’re on the field, they can be cleared medically but they still can’t do the things that they need to do to be successful.”
Lambo was placed on the team’s reserve/injured list due to a left hip injury on Sept. 23, and will be practicing with the team for the first time since then, today.
Over the past five weeks of the season the Jaguars have had five different place kickers suit up. Lambo, Brandon Wright (Week 3), Aldrick Rosas (Week 4), Stephen Hauschka (Week 5) and, most recently, Jon Brown (Week 6).
To say the team has struggled in converting kicks would be an understatement. Wright would go on to miss one out of two of his extra points, and while Rosas was able to convert four out of five of his field goals for the team, he would be available for just one game against the Cincinnati Bengals in week four before being placed on the team’s practice squad/injured list.
Hauschka was unable to convert either of his field goal attempts in Week 5, including a chip-shot 24-yard field goal that went wide left shortly before halftime.
Brown, a kicker who hadn’t made an attempt in a game that counted prior to Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions made an extra point and one field goal, but missed on another.
With Lambo potentially being back, the Jaguars can get back consistency in its kicking game. Since 2017, Lambo has missed just four kicks in his career with the Jaguars. For reference, five kicks have been missed since he was placed on the team’s reserve/injured list on Sept. 23.