Josh Scobee has been plagued by misses throughout the early stages of the 2015 season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers decided Saturday to move on from the 33-year-old.
The Steelers announced that they parted ways with Scobee and have decided to add free agent Chris Boswell as his replacement. Boswell, 24, previously spent time with the Houston Texans and New York Giants, failing to make their respective rosters in 2014 and 2015.
Field Yates of ESPN puts the Steelers' kicker woes this season into perspective:
The Steelers traded a sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Scobee after incumbent starter Shaun Suisham suffered a torn ACL and replacement Garrett Hartley was hit with a hamstring injury. After arriving in Pittsburgh, he failed to flash the consistency that made him a staple of the Jacksonville special teams from 2003 to 2014.
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Scobee started his stint with Pittsburgh by going 2-of-4 on field goals in the Steelers' season-opening loss to the New England Patriots, both of which came between 40 and 49 yards. And while he wasn't asked to kick a single field goal in the Steelers' 43-18 Week 2 shellacking of the San Francisco 49ers, he did miss one of his four extra-point attempts.
A stable Week 3 momentarily quelled concerns, but Week 4 proved to be Scobee's demise. In the Steelers' 23-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Scobee missed back-to-back 41- and 49-yard field goals within the final three minutes of play that would have put Pittsburgh up six.
The misses ultimately allowed Baltimore to drive down the field and set Justin Tucker up for a game-tying 40-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
"I feel like I let the team down,” Scobee said following the loss, per USA Today's Jarrett Bell. "It’s a bad feeling. It was a hard-fought game on both sides. I wish I had been able to come through, but it just wasn’t my night."
Now out of work, Scobee figures to take a seat on the free-agent kicker carousel. It will likely take an injury or a string of subpar performances from one of his peers for him to find work again this season. But given his track record of success, Scobee is a solid candidate to revel in redemption if a team that plays in friendlier kicking conditions eventually picks him up.