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Based On 2014, New Steelers K Josh Scobee Can Still Produce Touchbacks

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired kicker Josh Scobee Monday morning in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars and while it’s easy to understand why they wanted an experienced leg when it comes to field goals, you might be interested to know that he’s been solid on kickoffs as well when it comes to touchbacks.

Dating back to 2011, when the league moved kickoffs up to the 35 yard-line, Scobee has an adjusted touchback percentage of 53.2. That adjusted number accounts for the removal of onside kicks.

Just last season, Scobee had an adjusted touchback percentage of 63.8 and as you can see in the chart below, that was good for seventh-best in the league when compared to all kickers who had 50 or more kickoffs. In case you’re curious, Steelers injured kicker Shaun Suisham posted a 37.2 adjusted touchback percentage in 2014 and only four other kickers and that ranked him near the bottom of this list.

According to my research, the league average last season on adjusted touchback percentages was 51.5.

Now, we certainly don’t know when kickers are told to attempt to kick a touchback and the strategy related to that is an argument for another day. Additionally, it should be noted that Scobee previously kicked for the Jaguars, who play half of their games every season in Florida.

Here’s another interesting stat about Scobee’s kickoffs last year. According to Pro Football Focus, the average starting field position of opponents following Scobee’s kickoffs last season was 19.1 yards and that was tops in the league when compared to all kickers who kicked off 50 or more times.

Player Team KO OOB TB Ret TD OSK ADJ KO ADJ TB %
Graham Gano CAR 79 0 61 18 0 0 79 77.2%
Pat McAfee IND 99 0 70 26 0 3 96 72.9%
Sam Martin DET 75 1 53 20 0 1 74 71.6%
Brandon McManus DEN 91 0 64 27 0 0 91 70.3%
Justin Tucker BAL 88 0 60 26 0 2 86 69.8%
Blair Walsh MIN 76 1 48 27 0 1 75 64.0%
Josh Scobee JAC 63 1 37 20 0 5 58 63.8%
Billy Cundiff CLE 63 0 39 24 0 0 63 61.9%
Sebastian Janikowski OAK 61 1 34 21 0 6 55 61.8%
Jordan Gay BUF 83 1 49 31 0 3 80 61.3%
Josh Brown NYG 82 1 46 32 0 3 79 58.2%
Matt Bosher ATL 83 0 46 36 0 2 81 56.8%
Dan Bailey DAL 98 0 52 42 0 3 95 54.7%
Stephen Gostkowski NE 99 1 53 45 0 0 99 53.5%
Steven Hauschka SEA 88 0 46 42 0 0 88 52.3%
Greg Zuerlein STL 73 0 38 35 1 0 73 52.1%
Ryan Succop TEN 63 0 31 29 1 3 60 51.7%
Chandler Catanzaro ARI 76 0 38 37 0 1 75 50.7%
Thomas Morstead NO 79 0 40 39 0 0 79 50.6%
Randy Bullock HOU 86 0 40 44 0 2 84 47.6%
Cody Parkey PHI 98 0 46 52 0 0 98 46.9%
Mike Nugent CIN 81 0 37 44 0 1 80 46.3%
Michael Koenen TB 69 0 31 37 0 1 68 45.6%
Phil Dawson SF 73 0 32 40 0 1 72 44.4%
Caleb Sturgis MIA 85 1 37 46 1 1 84 44.0%
Mason Crosby GB 102 2 41 56 1 3 99 41.4%
Robbie Gould CHI 53 1 21 28 0 2 51 41.2%
Shaun Suisham PIT 89 1 32 54 1 3 86 37.2%
Kai Forbath WAS 54 0 18 34 0 2 52 34.6%
Cairo Santos KC 80 0 26 53 0 1 79 32.9%
Nick Folk NYJ 69 0 21 46 0 1 68 30.9%
Nick Novak SD 78 1 10 67 0 0 78 12.8%
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