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Gus Bradley says Jaguars are still committed to Jason Myers

The Jaguars are preparing to go through some ups and downs with young kicker Jason Myers. Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with rookie kicker Jason Myers, who missed two potential game-winning field goals in Sunday’s 16-13 overtime loss at Indianapolis.

Coach Gus Bradley said he has not lost any confidence in Myers and that the team isn’t planning on bringing in any kickers for a workout.

"When we first signed Jason and we made that decision we knew that there was going to be some waves that we were going to have to go through," Bradley said. "I like his mentality. We’re very confident in him. He had an unfortunate day yesterday."

It was unfortunate in that it cost the Jaguars (1-3) first place in the AFC South. Myers missed a 53-yard field goal wide right with one second remaining in regulation and a 48-yarder wide left in overtime. He certainly wasn’t the only player that made mistakes on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but his gaffes directly cost the Jaguars the game.

Bradley said he’s not worried about Myers’ psyche, either, even though he has missed three field goals and an extra point in four games. Bradley points out the fact that Myers also kicked a 58-yard field goal and a 28-yard game-winning field goal against Miami two weeks ago.

"If it happened repeatedly where game after game [if Myers was missing kicks it would be a problem]," Bradley said. "He comes into Miami, he kicks it, we win the game.

"He’s got to learn from it and we’ll see. We’ll see how it works out. But I do believe in him. I like his mentality. It’s one of the big reasons why we went with him and we’ll stick with that part of it."

The Jaguars opted to go with Myers when GM David Caldwell agreed to trade veteran Josh Scobee, the team’s all-time leader in field goals made and points scored, to Pittsburgh for a sixth-round pick two weeks before the regular season began. Caldwell said he made the move because he didn’t want to risk losing Myers because there was a chance the Jaguars wouldn't have been able to resign Scobee, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Until this season the 24-year-old Myers had never kicked in an NFL game. He did not kick professionally in 2013 but spent time with Arizona and San Jose in the Arena Football League in 2014. He has a big leg -- he kicked a 60-yard field goal in a scrimmage that appeared to have been good from another 10 yards -- and he impressed the Jaguars throughout camp and the preseason. He made 5 of 7 field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder, during the preseason.

Caldwell said at the time he knew that Myers -- who was only in the locker room for a brief moment during Monday’s open session -- was going to miss kicks but the franchise was prepared to grow with him. Bradley reiterated that on Monday.

"As far as his mentality, his competiveness, his demeanor, we just have great faith in him," Bradley said. "There were mistakes made out there by multiple players. They took their turns. His is more visual. Everybody saw it. I think we just have faith in his demeanor and what he’s all about and what he’s done in practice and in some of the games."