The Pittsburgh Steelers have found a replacement kicker for the injured Garrett Hartley who suffered a hamstring injury during Saturdays pre-season game versus the Bills.
The injury was significant enough to sideline Garrett Hartley for the rest of the year with the Steelers placing him on IR (injury reserve) effectively ending his year and most likely his career with the Steelers.
The kicker that the Steelers managed to pick up via a trade was the long-time Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee. The Steelers traded away a late round sixth round pick for the veteran kicker who will now be their third starting kicker this year.
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A bizarre situation for the Steelers to be in, but a situation they had to deal with nonetheless. They grabbed a solid, veteran kicker who has a career field goal completion rate of 80.8%, but in the money area of 20 to 49-yards Scobee has a completion rate of 86.5% which is certainly good enough for the Steelers.
The main issue Josh Scobee will face will be his ability to kick in Heinz Field, a stadium that is notoriously difficult to kick in due to a combination of the wind coming in off the Three Rivers and the cold temperature.
After spending all of his career so far in Jacksonville Florida, where the weather is significantly warmer than in Pittsburgh, there may be some growing pains with his ability to kick in Heinz Field, but hopefully those issues will dissipate quickly as Josh Scobee is a veteran kicker and he does have some time to practice before the regular season starts.
The real question will be if he can stay healthy, the mysterious kicker curse surrounding Pittsburgh hopefully took it's last victim in Garrett Hartley.
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