Chandler Catanzaro: I’m gonna be fine

AP

Chandler Catanzaro‘s first game as the Buccaneers kicker could have gone better.

Catanzaro missed a field goal and an extra point against the Dolphins last week. That’s not what the team was looking for when they signed Catanzaro to a three-year deal this offseason after running through several kickers over the last two years, but the veteran says things will work out.

Catanzaro said he knows what went wrong on last week’s kicks and has “already moved forward.”

“It’s taken some experience and it’s controlling what I could control, which is the next kick,” Catanzaro said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “I can’t control what people are saying about me, what’s going on outside of the circumstance — all I can control is my foot on the ball. It’s me and the ball out there. I’m gonna make a lot of kicks. I’m gonna be fine.”

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he feels fine about Catanzaro. The team looked at some other kickers last week, but those workouts were scheduled before Catanzaro’s missed kicks as the Bucs were looking for someone to potential save some wear on Catanzaro’s leg as the season gets closer.

5 responses to “Chandler Catanzaro: I’m gonna be fine

  1. With the exception of the Aguayo fiasco, Jason Licht’s drafts have been pretty successful at producing starters and serviceable depth.

    2014 – Mike Evans (Starter)
    2015 – Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Kwon Alexander (Starters)
    2016 – Hargreaves, Noah Spence, Ryan Smith, Caleb Benenoch (2x part time starters, 2x role players)
    2017 – OJ Howard, Justin Evans, Chris Godwin, Kendall Beckwith (4x starters)
    2018 – Vita Vea, Ronald Jones, MJ Stewart, Carlton Davis, Alex Cappa, Jordan Whitehead, Justin Watson (Jury still out; all but Vea, due to injury, look to be serviceable; Whitehead, Davis, Stewart and Watson will get significant playing time)

    With ALL that laid out, free agency has been horrendous. If I see another free agent “who is that?” kicker on another team make a 50+-yarder down the middle, while our vet for $3m (guaranteed) can’t hit a damn PAT, I SWEAR, I just might explode.

    It’s a Buc’s life, alright.

  2. CAt kicked for the Cards for a few years…and I saw every one of them. He’s barely average and folds like paper in water under pressure. He did good at the Jets because they were never in the hunt. I was glad to see him go…and laughed when he got signed.
    Trust me…he can kick it 53 when nothing matters, but can’t make a 15 yarder when it’s important.

  3. In 2016, Catanzaro missed FGs in three games that directly cost the Cardinals wins, and at least one more where it would have changed the final game script significantly. The sad thing is that many of these were 30-35 yard kicks, and those three games’ kicks were the sole difference between a 7-8-1 record and a 10-6 record (I won’t include the 4th because it wasn’t a lead-changer).

    The most interesting game with a missed game-winning kick was Jimmy Garrappolo’s first game, with the Seahawks tie a close second. The one that flies under the radar is the game against the Dolphins, where he missed one FG and two extra points (Phins won by 3).

    In 2017, he was much better, and only cost the team one game against the Atlanta Falcons, causing the 4-4 Jets to drop to 4-5.

    Any GM who signs him is not serious about winning.

  4. This kinda seems like this could be the year that breaks Bucs’ back. Think the Glazers are tired of losing (50-94 since 2009), did have decent year ’16 but fell apart last year. Don’t think Koetter survives another 5-11 year.

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