Steelers toying with the idea of cutting kicker Jeff Reed


Watching Jeff Reed miss kick after kick this season may finally be over, as reports say the long time Steeler kicker may be out of job as of Tuesday.

Sources say that the Steelers will try out kickers on Tuesday, and if one of them has a good showing, Reed could be cut.

On Sunday night in the loss to the Pats, Reed totally shanked a 26-yarder. He said that the turf moved as he planted his leg to attempt the kick. Last week, he missed a late field goal in Cincy that could have cliched the win over the Bengals.

When Reed wasn’t missing chip shots, he was busy ripping on the condition of the turf at Heinz.

“I’m not one to make excuses,” Reed said in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ll take the credit for the miss. It was a great snap, a great hold, great protection. It’s kind of hard when you plant your foot and the hole — a piece of ground moves where the ball’s under the holder. I almost missed the ball completely.

“I’m not going to make excuses. If you’ve played any kind of sports in your life, you realize that what we play on is not very good turf. It happens.”

Reed is 15-of-22 on field goals this season and his kicking percentage of 68.2 is the lowest of his career — lower than the 71.9 percent in 2003, his second year in the NFL. Reed missed nine field goals that season and the Steelers finished 6-10.


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