The Tampa Kicking Competition is Heating Up

Tampa Kicking competition

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As the offseason moves along the Bucs, have a situation at kicker that they haven’t had in over a decade. Instead of focusing on the kicking woes that Tampa has faced season after season, they have competition among kickers. Before I talk about the Bucs current situation, let’s go back to why the Bucs need a kicker, to begin with.

After cutting Matt Bryant in the 08 season, the Bucs have struggled to find a good replacement since. The Bucs have brought in Patrick Murray, Nick Folk, Chandler Catanzaro, Connor Barth, Mike Nugent, Rian Lindell, Shane Andrus, and Cairo Santos with Free Agency. Santos had recent success late last season while the other free agents never lived up to expectations.

Of course, no one can forget one of the worst draft picks in NFL history of Roberto Aguayo. Jason Licht had the genius idea of selecting Roberto in the second round of the 2016 Draft. In a way, you can’t blame him. He finished his college career at Florida State University as the greatest kicker in college history. Aguayo went from first to last after finishing his rookie season with a field goal percentage among NFL kickers. He was cut during that offseason, and the kicker search continued.

In 2019, the Bucs drafted their second kicker in 3 years by selecting Matt Gay in the 5th round to complete with Cairo Santos who was resigned to a one year deal this offseason. It’s the 2019 offseason, and both kickers seem to be impressing the Bucs new Head Coach, Bruce Arians. Arians worked with the former Bucs kicker Chandler Catanzaro for most of his tenure with the Cardinals.

So far, OTA’s and Minicamp have gone by with both kickers seeming to be dead even. Math Gay kicked a 50-yard field goal to end OTA’s and when it was time for Santos to finish off  Minicamp with the same kick. He nailed it.

It’s to be decided as to who will be kicking for us this season but with that Tampa has something they haven’t had on special teams in a while. Hope. 

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