RELIABLE WHERE IT COUNTS
Now for the good news. Nugent is a very reliable kicker when asked to convert from more common distances.
One doesn’t rack up an 81% career conversion rate by being erratic. While he struggles from long range, Nugent is solid from 49 and in.
FG’s from 0-49 yards:
BAILEY (2014-16): 69 of 74 (93%)
NUGENT (2014-16): 70 of 81 (86%)
He may not be a future Hall of Fame kicker like Bailey, but 86% from 49 or closer is highly reliable scoring.
Basically if Dallas reaches at least the 32 yard line to attempt 10 kicks, Nugent’s past says he’ll make 8 or 9 of them.
It’s also worth noting that he put up much of those solid numbers in very unfriendly kicking environments.
His years with both the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals required kicking in open aired venues subject to harsh weather conditions.
Bringing in Nugent was necessary to fill in for Dallas’ most reliable scorer. Kickoff returns will increase, but a top 10 coverage unit should hold firm.
The Cowboys don’t expect him to be a long range threat. With only one attempt of 50+ yards in six games, it’s not an overly worrisome forfeit.
They chose Nugent because of a career of consistency when asked to convert points from reasonable distances. As a temporary fix, Dallas found a good leg.