Bucs lining up kickers for tryouts

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Football try-outs are coming to Tampa. Specifically at the kicker position.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Buccaneers are arranging workouts for available kickers, in the aftermath of Nick Folk‘s 0-for-3 effort on field goals of varying distances on Thursday night.

After the loss, coach Dirk Koetter said there will be no “rash decisions” regarding Folk, who initially was signed as competition for the long-departed Roberto Aguayo (it would be great if he gets one of the workouts).

It’s possible that the workouts are simply a warning to Folk. But as Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy said during a Friday visit to PFT Live, Folk got a loud and clear warning from 60,000 people last night.

60 responses to “Bucs lining up kickers for tryouts

  1. Looks like Folk is toast. However, there should be no freaking way that Aguayo gets a tryout with the Bucs. He had more than his share of chances, and he’s a head case. Even the Bears dumped him. Time for the Bucs to move on and keep auditioning kickers until they find somebody who can make kicks as they’re paid to do. It’s not rocket science–you can either make kicks when the chips are down or you can’t. And if you can’t, then you don’t belong in the NFL. (That’s why I always disliked Tony Romo as a QB–when it was time to produce in the playoffs, he folded like a cheap suit. Romo’s doing great as an analyst, and he’s very insightful when talking about the game, but he always sucked as a QB when it was crunch time. The NFL is all about coming through in the clutch. Some people can do it and some can’t. If you can’t, then go be a accountant or something.)

  2. natureboy123 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:01 am
    Why on God’s green earth would Aguayo get one of the workout spots when they’ve already cut him after two seasons of seeing what he can do?
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    Because he’s probably better than the guy they currently have.

  3. I could see missing the first kick. It was a long one, with a cross wind. Not easy (I would imagine, I’ve never been a kicker).

    The second one was overcompensation and you could tell. He had pulled right the first time, so he tried to compensate and that pushed it left.

    The third one was a short kick (comparatively) and by that point he had psyched himself out badly. You could see it any time CBS put a camera on him. Missing 2 was a blow to him and at that point he would have missed an old 20 yard extra point.

    Bringing in kickers is not going to help his mentality, but missing 5 kicks in 4 days is bad for an NFL kicker.

  4. Yes, Folk can be blamed for the misses… but so can the offense for not scoring touchdowns against a poor Pats defense.

    Winston was sporadic at best and missed some big opportunities.

    Plenty of blame to go around.

  5. How is it that no one can reliably kick the ball in the NFL anymore? The easy answer is that most of the kickers coming out of college suck but then the question is, why is that? I just don’t get it. 10 years ago a 45-yarder was money in the bank for almost any NFL kicker but now it’s a complete crapshoot.

  6. Dan Carpenter is a pretty good FG kicker but struggled with the new extra point distance when it was implemented a couple of years ago. He can hit from over 50 yards too…

  7. .
    People were highly critical of Jason Licht for drafting Roberto Aguayo in the second round. They were proven correct when he didn’t work out. However, Licht was driven by a decade of futility by a bevy of Bucs kickers. Folk’s performance last night was the norm for recent Bucs kickers. Licht thought that, based on Aguayo’s college career, he could end the nightmarish, morale draining, horror show. But alas, it continues.
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  8. having poor kickers & punters is a back-breaker for a team trying to contend for a playoff spot.

  9. When is Cairo Santos going to be healthy again? And will Jay Feely come out of retirement like the NFL Network analysts were joking about?

    We need a kicker BAD! Connor Barth is laughing in Chicago, Matt Bryant is laughing in Atlanta, and Lawrence Tynes is still pissed off sitting at home!

    I miss the Automatica days. But, he too got psyched out towards the end of his career.

    What’s the deal with the Raiders kickers? They have two, but Seabass is on IR. Something interesting will happen at the end of the season. Who will they keep? Unfortunately, we need a kicker like yesterday!

  10. They really should just bite the bullet and use a draft pick on a kicker next year. Oh wait. . . . .

  11. I think “no rash decision” means he didn’t strangle him on the sideline.
    Cutting him is a different story…he gone

  12. People debate if defense or offense wins championships, and each side has their good examples.

    But one thing all championship contenders have is a near-automatic kicker.
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    So what you are saying is that the Bills are going to the Super Bowl on the leg of Stephen Hauschka and his near record setting streak of 50+ yard kicks?

  13. Folk is a has been kicker and the generous folks running the Carolina Panthers just gave up a 7th round pick of Harrison Butker to the Kansas City Chieft because they could not swing a trade for Butker or Graham Gano. The Bucs should have scouted him earlier.

  14. The NFL is all about coming through in the clutch. Some people can do it and some can’t. If you can’t, then go be a accountant or something.)

    17 24 Rate This

    Kind of unfair to ship 90% of NFL players to Price Waterhouse. Only a few guys ever get a chance to come through in the “clutch” and the “clutch” is typically the most challenging situation. Was Manning “clutch” every time? How about Brady? Rodgers? Gostkowski used to be “clutch”.

    Vinateri, closest I can think of.

  15. If the Bucs offensive coaches didn’t play not to lose, they wouldn’t have to rely on a soccer player to put points on the board. I hate kickers. All of them. Its an outdated part of football. Eliminate XPs – make TDs worth 7 points with the option for another point if you “go for two”. Then eliminate all FGs inside of 2 minutes. If you can’t score TDs, then your team sucks. Period. Go for it on 4th or punt.

  16. mcjon22 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

    It’s funny because if you compare, Aguyo had better stats than Foles did at this point last season

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    Nick Foles?

  17. After watching the game last night it would appear that the Bucks have more than just kicker problems…..it took the bucks 8 tries just to convert a 3rd down…

  18. Jeff, he didn’t say a good kicker is all you need to win a Super Bowl but it definitely helps!

    Plus your point on Haushka helps the argument because without his kicking the Bills lose against the Falcons.

  19. Isn’t Patrick Murray available? Ex Buc who wasn’t horrible when he was here and is still very young.

  20. The Bucs have issues beyond their placekicker. The Patsies have the worst defense in the league by far and all they could manage to score was 14 points at home on a Thursday night? Not good. The defense came into the game last night with 2 sacks. Also not good. They were lucky that they held Brady to 19 points. That game was theirs for the taking and they gave it to the Pats. I thought that TB was ready to take the next step and make a playoff run. Not gonna happen this season. Why didn’t they try and isolate Evans in the end zone on that last play, throw it high and let him go up and try to get it? The Hard Knocks curse is alive and well.

  21. These guys expose themselves with the discussion. You pooch kick or you on-side kick, you sure don’t kick deep. On side kick provides great chance to win if recovered, still allows for a chance if not recovered. If NE misses that fg tb had a fantastic chance even after on side kick failed.

  22. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    People debate if defense or offense wins championships, and each side has their good examples.

    But one thing all championship contenders have is a near-automatic kicker.
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    So what you are saying is that the Bills are going to the Super Bowl on the leg of Stephen Hauschka and his near record setting streak of 50+ yard kicks?
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    No, but he might be referring to the fact that the New England Patriots have had exactly 2 kickers in the last 21 years.

  23. sammievee says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    These guys expose themselves with the discussion. You pooch kick or you on-side kick, you sure don’t kick deep. On side kick provides great chance to win if recovered, still allows for a chance if not recovered. If NE misses that fg tb had a fantastic chance even after on side kick failed.
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    Depends on whether you trust your defense. If they kick it deep, the patriots get it on the 25 and go three and out, the box we have the ball back probably around their own 30 with 1:20 left only needing a field goal to win.

  24. davemishsr said:

    I thought that TB was ready to take the next step and make a playoff run. Not gonna happen this season. Why didn’t they try and isolate Evans in the end zone on that last play, throw it high and let him go up and try to get it? The Hard Knocks curse is alive and well.

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    Three man rush, eight defenders in the end zone, and you think the Bucs could’ve gotten their best receiver on an isolation play against one corner. I can see why you’re not an offensive coordinator.

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