Just a week after the Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the NFL's most consistently successful kickers leading the special teams charge, the 1-2 Jaguars are now left scrambling ahead of Week 4.
Lambo has hit 94.9% of his field goals and 93% of his extra points since joining the Jaguars in 2017, so him being placed on injured reserve ahead of the Week 3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football was a big blow. It remains to be seen how long Lambo will be out, but he will miss at least the next two games due to injured reserve rules.
The Jaguars turned to undrafted free agent kicker Brandon Wright as their placekicker against the Dolphins, but Wright left the game with a groin injury after missing his second point after try. Head coach Doug Marrone said Friday that the Jaguars would look at kickers in upcoming days, so it is clear the team is in the market.
So with this in mind, which kickers make the most sense for the Jaguars?
The last two seasons haven't exactly been kind to Stephen Hauschka, but the 13th-year veteran is among the most experienced players still available at the position. Hauschka spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, completing 82% of his field goals and 92.6% of his extra point attempts during that span. He completed just 78.6% of his field goals in each of his last two seasons, however, and the Bills went in a different direction at kicker this season. But even with that in mind, Hauschka is still worth taking a look at considering the limited options. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Hauschka would try out for the Jaguars.
It is never a great sign when a kicker spends time with two different teams during the same season, but that is what happened to Kai Forbath in 2019 when he kicked for both the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. Forbath, however, still has a lot of experience in the league, attempting 151 field goals since 2012. Forbath has made 86.8% of those field goals and 93.8% of his extra point attempts. He also spent time with the Jaguars when Lambo was hurt in 2018, making 4-of-5 field goals and all three of his extra points with the Jaguars.
A former undrafted free agent who has hopped around the league during his career, Elliott Fry's best resume is the time he spent in the Alliance of American Football. Fry was 14-of-14 with the Orlando Apollos in eight games with the team, which led to him earning contracts with the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fry is inexperienced and was only a 75% field goal kicker in college, but he has proven more than Wright.
After not playing in 2019, Chandler Catanzaro spent a few weeks with the New York Giants in training camp so it looks like he is still willing to give it a go at kicking for a squad. Catanzaro has attempted 142 field goals in his NFL career, making 83.8% of his attempts. He is also a 92.9% extra point kicker, making him a relatively safe option compared to most kickers you see available during the season.
The second kicker who Schefter reported that the Jaguars would try out, Aldrick Rosas is a young and talented option who is almost surprisingly a free agent. Rosas attempted 75 kicks with the New York Giants over the last three years, making 62 of those kicks (82.7%) with a long of 57. He earned a Pro Bowl trip in 2018 when he made 32-of-33 field goals.
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