The Buccaneers made a change at backup punter on Tuesday, claiming Spencer Lanning while waiving Andrew Wilder.
Lanning, an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2011, originally signed with the Bears before playing for three different team’s practice squads in 2012. After a brief stint in the United Football League, Lanning signed with the Cleveland Browns where he has spent the last two seasons, appearing in all 32 games with 177 punts for 7,798 yards (44.1 avg.). Lanning holds a unique stat, as he became the first player since 1968 with a punt, extra point and touchdown pass in one game, accomplishing that feat in 2013 during a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
To make room for Lanning Tampa Bay waived punter Andrew Wilder, an undrafted free agent from Northern Arizona in 2014. Wilder initially signed with the Bucs in March of 2015.
The Bucs current punters now include Lanning and last year’s incumbent, Michael Koenen.
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i THINK THIS IS STARTING TO LOOK AS THE cLEVELAND tEAM FROM THE SOUTH-go bucs IF HE CAN UNSEAT SOMEBODY THEN LET A VET UNSEAT ANOTHER VETERAN.
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