Josh Lambo is kicking up to his own standards – but for Jaguars, not Chargers
By Jack Wang
Josh Lambo wasn’t worried. The Chargers had signed a rookie kicker to try and take his roster spot, but so what? As far as he was concerned, the position was his to lose.
“I know that if I do my job, and I do it well, it’s not going to be a competition,” Lambo said this summer. “That’s not me being cocky or anything – that’s me being confident in what I do.
“I know that if I do what I can do, I’m one of the best.”
The Chargers (3-5) weren’t convinced. They cut him after training camp in favor of Younghoe Koo – whom they replaced a month later with Nick Novak, the same veteran who Lambo had beaten out two years earlier.
This Sunday (10 a.m., CBS) at EverBank Field, they’ll see Lambo again – but on the opposite sideline, dressed in Jaguars’ turquoise. On the opposite coast, he’s looked like an entirely different kicker.
Lambo has been stellar through two games in Jacksonville, making all five of his field-goal attempts. One of those was a 56-yarder this past Sunday in a win over the Bengals, the longest make of his career.
Winning is fun 😎
— Josh Lambo (@JoshLambo) November 5, 2017
Last year ago in San Diego, he missed all three of his attempts from 50 yards or more. Through his two seasons with the Chargers, he finished at 81.3 percent – below average for a position that, arguably, holds less job security than any other in the league.
He is one of eight NFL kickers who joined their current teams after the start of the regular season, replacing Jason Myers in Jacksonville (5-3) last month. Plenty of others have been even more successful.
There is Jake Elliott, whom the Eagles signed on Sept. 12 to replace an injured […]