JACKSONVILLE – Urban Meyer has faith in Josh Lambo.
Because of that, the Jaguars' head coach said he doesn't expect the team will make a move regarding the veteran kicker who has struggled early in the 2021 season.
"I have confidence he's going to work through this," Meyer said early Monday afternoon.
Lambo, a seventh-year NFL veteran who made 76 of 80 field goals for the Jaguars from 2017-2020, has missed his first three field goals of the season. He missed from 52 and 48 yards in a 23-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 2 Sunday after missing from 55 yards in a Week 1 loss at Houston.
"We looked at it," Meyer said when asked if the team had considered acquiring another kicker this week. "I talked actually talked to Josh today. In '17, '18, '19 … I know that's recent history, but he was one of the best in the NFL.
“The thing I told him … since I got here in February, since our staff got here, he’s as hard a working guy as any guy on the team. … I know the GM (general manager Trent Baalke) and the personnel department’s job is to see what’s out there and all that. I’m convinced this guy can come through it. “I’ve seen the way he works. I’ve seen the way he hits it.” Head Coach Urban Meyer
Lambo missed wide right from 52 yards midway through the second quarter Sunday with the Jaguars leading 7-3, then missed wide left from 48 yards with :24 remaining in the quarter with the Jaguars trailing 10-7.
Lambo made 19 of 20 field goals in 2017, 19 of 21 in 2018 and 33 of 34 in 2019. He made five of five field goals last season and missed 12 games with a hip injury.
"I've stuck with kickers before and it has been great dividends," Meyer said. "As of now, we're going to stick with him. If it's a guy who doesn't hard or doesn't take his trade seriously … but I'm telling you: He's as serious kicker as I've ever been around.
"He works and takes care of his body. I know he had an injury last year, but if you look at '17, 18 and '19, the guy was phenomenal. I still believe he will be."