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Monday, September 21, 2015

Jacksonville Jaguars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 20, 2015 - Jason Myers kicks game winner over Miami
"In his NFL debut eight days ago, Myers cost the Jaguars four points in their 20-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers when he missed a field goal attempt and extra point. He stuck to his usual routine during the week and put 11 points on the board in the team’s 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
'I always believe in myself,'’ Myers said. He made it sound as if it was bigger for the fans than for himself.  'I’m sure it helped the fans and the support system [believe in him],'’ he said. Myers kicked a 27-yarder in the first quarter, nailed a 58-yarder right before halftime and then added the game-winner from 28 yards with 40 seconds left. He also kicked two extra points." - Florida Times-Union

September 11, 2015 - long snapper Carson Tinker signs extension
"The Jaguars rewarded long snapper Carson Tinker with a contract extension on Friday. The third-year veteran will make an average of $925,000 over the next four seasons, according to a league source. Tinker was scheduled to make around $585,000 this season. Tinker signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2013. The 25-year-old Tinker has handled long-snapping duties in all 32 games over the last two seasons." - Florida Times-Union

September 3, 2015 - Jason Myers kicks game winner over Washington
"Jason Myers enjoyed a memorable debut as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ new starting kicker. The real test, however, is yet to come. Myers kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3:32 left, giving the Jaguars a 17-16 preseason victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. It was Myers‘ first game since replacing Josh Scobee, who was traded to Pittsburgh on Monday. Myers — a former Arena Football League player who has never kicked in an NFL game — earlier missed a 56-yarder. 'Because he missed the first one and the game [was tight], he knew all eyes were watching him. And he nailed it,' Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. 'When he went out there for the second one, I was really pleased with how he handled it'." - Washington Times

August 31, 2015 - Josh Scobee traded to Pittsburgh, Jason Myers the new kicker
"Jaguars have traded kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The compensation was unavailable. Scobee confirmed the trade to Jeff Prosser of 1010XL. The Jaguars had no comment.... Scobee was the longest-tenured Jaguars player, joining the team in 2004 as a fourth-round pick from Louisiana Tech. Scobee’s depature means the kicking job belongs to rookie Jason Myers, a significant gamble for the victory-starved Jaguars to put an inexperienced kicker in pressure situations. Scobee leaves the Jaguars as the franchise leader in field goals (235) and points scored (1,022). He was entering the final year of his contract, the last season of a four-year, $13.8 million deal. Pittsburgh was searching for kicking help after Shaun Suisham tore his ACL in the preseason opener against Minnesota and his replacement, Garrett Hartley, injured his hamstring Saturday at Buffalo. In the preseason, Myers is 4 of 5 on field goals (makes of 38, 49, 55 and 35 yards) and 1 of 1 on extra points; Scobee was 2 of 2 on field goals (makes of 36 and 52 yards) and 3 of 3 on extra points." - Florida Times-Union

August 29, 2015 - punter/kicker Kasey Redfern released

May 11, 2015 - kicker Derek Dimke released

March 3, 2015 - kicker Jason Myers signed
"Myers, who also spent time as the [Marist College] Red Foxes' punter, was an honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League choice from 2010-2012. He spent last year on the roster of the Arena Football League's San Jose Sabercats. In his collegiate career, Myers was 24 for 38 in field-goal attempts, with his longest boot a 49-yard field goal at Davidson on Oct. 8, 2011." - Poughkeepsie Journal

January 28, 2015 - punter/kicker Kasey Redfern signed to futures contract
"Punter/kicker Kasey Redfern to a reserve/future contract after cutting him at the end of last year's training camp. Redfern was a four year letterman at Wofford and punted 48 times as a senior in 2013 with 11 punts inside the 20. He brings versatility because he’s also a kicker who made 11 of 19 field goal attempts his final two years. He wasn’t drafted and signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent." - Florida Times-Union

January 5, 2015 - kicker Derek Dimke signed to futures contract
"The former Boylan and former Fighting Illini kicker signed a reserve/futures contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. A futures contract allows him to participate in the Jaguars offseason program giving him a shot to impress the coaching staff. Dimke was flown into Jackson briefly this past season with a group of kickers for a look. Dimke has spent the past three offseasons and training camps with the Lions, Jets, Buccaneers and Saints, and he hasn't been able to win a roster spot for the regular season. Last preseason he was 4-for-4 in field goal attempts with the Saints during the preseason, and he was perfect on all five extra point attemps." - My Stateline

December 14, 2014 - Josh Scobee kicks four field goals in loss to Ravens
"Scobee was able to hit four field goals. He hit twice from 45 yards out, and two more times from 53 yards away. Scobee had a shot at another field goal, but couldn't hit from 42 yards out." - CBS

December 3, 2014 - Josh Scobee named AFC special teams player of the week
"Scobee connected on two field goals last Sunday against the New York Giants including a 43-yard game-winner with 28 seconds remaining. Scobee, who hit from 28 yards in the second quarter, put the finishing touches on the Jaguars largest comeback win in franchise history with his eighth career game-winning field goal. The Jaguars trailed 21-0 in the second quarter. Through 12 games, Scobee has connected on 13 of 17 field goals and leads the team with 56 points." - Scout

November 30, 2014 - Josh Scobee kicks game winner over Giants
"Blake Bortles completed four passes and used two keepers to put Jacksonville in field-goal range, and Josh Scobee delivered a 43-yarder that helped the Jaguars beat the Giants 25-24 on Sunday. The Jaguars (2-10) rallied from a 21-point deficit. They also ended a four-game losing streak and dealt the Giants (3-9) a seventh consecutive loss." - Fox Sports

October 26, 2014 - kicker Josh Scobee blocked again
"The Jaguars’ field goal protection issues continued Sunday against Miami when Josh Scobee’s 48-yard first quarter attempt was blocked by Olivier Vernon. For a team as offensively challenged as the Jaguars — only one game of more than 17 points this year — a lack of execution on special teams is even more costly. From 2011-13, Scobee missed a combined seven field goals; this year, he’s 9 of 13 at the halfway point. The misses: Two in Week 1 at Philadelphia (50 yards and a 36-yard block) and one apiece in Week 6 at Tennessee (55-yard attempt blocked) and against Miami. The blocks by the Eagles and Titans came from up-the-middle pressure. Vernon went through the Jaguars’ outside left of the line for his block." - Florida Times-Union

October 12, 2014 - No K-ball, no rhythm
"Kicker Josh Scobee doesn’t know exactly what happened on the blocked 55-yard field goal attempt at the end of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 16-14 loss to Tennessee at LP Field. But he does know what happened just before it, and he’s not happy. Scobee was upset that the officials had trouble getting the special K ball into the game and he said that even though they reset the play clock the delay threw off the unit’s rhythm and that played a part in why the attempt failed. 'I was ready. The refs screwed me,' Scobee said. 'The play clock was running down. They didn’t have the right ball out there and I’m screaming at them to put the right ball in there and run the [play] clock back up. They do it with three seconds left and then they restart it. We’re all out of whack. It was amateur.' Resetting the play clock meant the Jaguars didn’t have to rush to snap the ball, but Scobee said the timing still felt off. 'That’s affects the rhythm,' he said. 'There’s no rhythm whatsoever and that’s what’s crap.' Titans nose tackle Sammie Hill blocked the kick." - ESPN

September 4, 2014 - Josh Scobee expects to kick in opener
"Josh Scobee thinks he’ll be ready to kick Sunday in the Jaguars' season opener at Philadelphia after kicking in practice Wednesday for the first time since the third preseason game at Detroit. Although Scobee said he’s not 100 percent, he said when he was asked Thursday if he’ll be ready to kick, 'That’s what it looks like. I didn’t get in a full normal day’s work like I would have had on a typical Wednesday, but I kicked quite a bit and I didn’t have any pain or soreness Thursday, which is great. There were no setbacks and that was the goal. Right now things are looking really good. It’s thumbs up right now.' Scobee suffered a quad injury in the second preseason game at Chicago and when he felt sore in Detroit in the third preseason game, he shut it down for 12 days and didn’t do any kicking except for soccer balls the last few days." - Florida Times-Union

August 29, 2014 - kicker Kasey Redfern waived
"The Jags are hoping that that K Josh Scobee's quad injury has healed by the regular-season opener in Philadelphia. Otherwise, look for recently waived K Kasey Redfern to be re-signed by the team, assuming he's still available." - Yahoo

August 26, 2014 - kicker status for opener in question
"Since Scobee said he won’t know by Saturday if he will be able to kick in the regular season opener Sept. 7 at Philadelphia, the Jaguars have to decide whether to also keep kicker-punter Kasey Redfern on the roster or gamble that Scobee will heal in time to kick. Scobee said he discussed the situation with general manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley and they told him not to worry about it. Scobee said he couldn’t even speculate if he will be ready and added, 'It’s not something you can rush or it will get worse.' He added, 'I don’t want to miss a game.' The only time Scobee has been sidelined was in 2007 when he tore his right quad in pregame warm-ups on opening day and missed eight games after kicking in the opener. Scobee said he’d had to be cautious in treating quad injuries since then. Since Redfern, who kicked at Wofford, said the Jaguars were the only team to offer him a contract as an undrafted free agent, they could probably cut him and bring him back if Scobee’s quad injury doesn’t heal. They could also sign a kicker cut by another team if Scobee isn’t ready." - Times-Union

August 24, 2014 - kicker Josh Scobee quad update
"The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without guard Zane Beadles, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and place-kicker Josh Scobee in their preseason finale against Atlanta on Thursday....  Scobee has a strained quadriceps. The team expects all three to be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener at Philadelphia." -  The Republic 

August 24, 2014 - long snapper Charley Hughlett released
- Jaguars

August 22, 2014 - kicker Josh Scobee limited by quad injury
"Scobee kicked a 38-yard first-quarter field goal but was replaced by Kasey Redfern because of a quadriceps injury. Redfern made a 34-yarder in the second quarter but had a 45-yard attempt blocked in the third." - Ocala Star Banner

July 28, 2014 - kicker Josh Scobee goes long
"Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee had a simple message for head equipment manager Jimmy Luck. Keep backing it up. Scobee connected on field goal tries of 50 and 56 yards before asking for one final spot eight yards back. The 32-year-old Scobee then provided one of the highlights of Sunday's practice, drilling a 64-yard field goal. The longest field goal in NFL history is 64 yards, set by Denver's Matt Prater in 2013. 'In times like that when I'm feeling good, I keep on telling Jimmy 'Keep backing it up,' Scobee said. 'I want to see how far back I can go. It was a good way to end it'.... 'I feel great physically,' Scobee said. 'The real challenge is not fatiguing your leg the first few days of camp. I was a little fatigued the last couple of days. The third day, I felt great'." - Florida Times-Union

June 19, 2014 - kicker Kasey Redfern signed
"Wofford kicker Kasey Redfern has signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Redfern was one of three players invited to participate in the club’s mandatory minicamp this week on a tryout basis. He signed at the conclusion of the minicamp on Thursday afternoon. A native of Jamestown, North Carolina, Redfern handled all the kicking duties for the Terriers his senior season. He was fourth in the Southern Conference in punting with a 42.4 yard average. He led the team in scoring with 44 points, as he was 6-of-10 on field goals and 26-of-28 on extra points. On 46 kickoffs, he averaged 61.6 yards with 19 touchbacks. Following the October 12 game against Elon, he was named the Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week." - The Times and Democrat

June 19, 2014 - long snapper Charley Hughlett signed
"Jacksonville announced Thursday it signed former Knights long snapper Charley Hughlett to the 90-man roster. Hughlett made the team after a three-day tryout during the Jaguars' final minicamp this offseason. Hughlett, who played at UCF from 2008-2011 and was named to the all-C-USA second team as a junior and senior, joins former Knights Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson on the Jaguars' roster. Hughlett entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, but was released in August 2012. He signed again with Dallas on Jan. 7, 2013 and was released again May 29, 2013. He was signed by the New England Patriots on March 19, 2014 but was released on May 15." - Orlando Sentinel

June 17, 2014 - punter & snapper tryout at minicamp
"Long snapper Charley Hughlett and punter Kasey Redfern are trying out for the Jaguars." - Profootballrumors

June 5, 2014 - long snapper Trevor Gillette waived
"The Jaguars released reserve long snapper Trevor Gillette to make room on the 90-man roster for Kevin Smith." - Florida Times-Union 

May 17, 2014 - kicker Jeff Budzien & punter Chad Zinchini waived
"The Jaguars shortly after Saturday’s practice announced they had signed two of the 26 workout players....  The team released rookie kicker Jeff Budzien and rookie punter Chad Zinchini to keep the roster at 90." - Jaguars

May 12, 2014 - long snapper Trevor Gillette signed
Following the Draft, the Jaguars signed undrafted free agent, former Rice long-snapper Trevor Gillette.
"2013: Handled deep snaps on punts as a senior... Earned All C-USA honors from league coaches and named to Phil Steele's All America second team... Credited with a pair of tackles on punt coverage and recovered a fumble at UTSA to set up a touchdown for the Owls." - Owls

May 11, 2014 -  signed 
Following the Draft, the Jaguars signed undrafted free agent, former Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien. See his profile here. 

May 11, 2014 - punter Chad Zinchini signed
Following the Draft, the Jaguars signed undrafted free agent punter Chad Zinchini (Tennessee Tech).
"Zinchini will attend the team’s mini-camp and OTAs (organized team activities) while he is in Jacksonville for his initial stay. Those are workouts without pads and are no-contact practices. 'Right now, I’m down here for about seven weeks,' Zinchini said. 'I have a schedule, but I haven’t had time to look at it yet. We’ve got a lot of paperwork to fill out.' Jacksonville’s OTA days are May 27-29 and June 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12 and 13, with mandatory mini-camp slated for June 17-19. But Zinchini said he hasn’t really had time to think about all of it yet, even after watching the draft and learning of his spot at home. 'It’s been absolutely wild,” Zinchini said.... 'About 15 or 20 minutes after the draft, I got a call from the Jaguars and they offered me a training camp spot and I told them I’d talk to my agent,' Zinchini said. 'They ended up talking to my agent first, and my agent called back and said it’s a good spot for me, so we ended up agreeing'.” - The Tennessean

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very versatile kicker/punter; if Jags don't take him, someone surely will.

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