Saints release Josh Scobee, Bryan Witzmann, add Jimmy Pruitt

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Sep 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Josh Scobee (R) kicks a twenty-seven yard field goal against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Carolina won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Josh Scobee (R) kicks a twenty-seven yard field goal against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Carolina won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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As quickly as the Josh Scobee experiment started, it ended. The New Orleans Saints announced Tuesday afternoon that the veteran kicker was released along with offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann.

The news broke that the Saints signed Scobee on March 4 after he went public on Facebook announcing the move. Before taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting kicker job, Scobee played 11 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him in the fifth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech.

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Perhaps there was a lingering issue with the hip flexor injury that Scobee played through last season, which would explain things. However, the reality is that only Kai Forbath, who was re-signed by the team on March 9, is the lone kicker on the team right now. The problem with that is he went 10-for-15 last year (66.7 percent accuracy).

There could be a window open for veteran Connor Barth to enter the conversation, as he was one of 44 players to try out during the team’s three-day rookie minicamp.

As far as Bryan Witzmann, he was one of seven players brought in on a reserve/future deal on January 6. After spending his rookie season with the Houston Texans on injured reserve, Witzmann was brought in to the Saints practice squad in September during Week Two action.

The team also announced the addition of cornerback Jimmy Pruitt, who we covered on Sunday. The 6-foot, 198-pound California native spent all four seasons with the San Jose State University Spartans from 2012-2015.

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