The Jaguars hope that Josh Scobee, currently sidelined with a quad injury, will be able to kick in the regular season opener in Philadelphia next Sunday.
“That’s our hope,’’ general manager David Caldwell said in a conference call with reporters Saturday when he was asked about Scobee’s status.
Caldwell said, “He’s feeling better and we’ll know more probably by mid-week.’’
Caldwell added, “We’ll be prepared (if Scobee can’t go). We’ll bring in a couple of guys during the week and have some workouts and have them ready to go if we need them on Sunday.’’
One candidate could be former Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, who was cut Friday when the Bucs decided to go with Patrick Murray, who wasn’t drafted in 2011 but signed with the Bucs last Dec. 24.
Going with Murray saved the Bucs money because he is scheduled to make $420,000 while Barth had a $2 million base salary and was due to earn another $1.15 million in weekly roster bonuses.
Barth had been with the Bucs since 2009 but missed last season when he tore his Achilles in a charity basketball game. Rian Lindell replaced him and made 14 of 15 field goal attempts. He’s also on the market.
Kasey Redfern, who kicked for Scobee in the preseason finale, was cut by the Jaguars. He had one field goal attempt and was wide right on a 51-yard attempt against Atlanta and also kicked two extra points. He also handled the punting duties, but Bryan Anger, who did the holding, is expected back this week.
Scobee first suffered the quad injury in the warmups for the second game in Chicago. It then started hurting him in the third week in Detroit and he shut it down.
Scobee said last week he wouldn’t know this weekend if he would be ready to kick next weekend. He hasn’t kicked since the Detroit game.