Home » Regular Features » Articles Archive » Articles » Barth Plans To Provide Bucs With Insurance At Kicker Position
  • increase font size
  • Default font size
  • decrease font size

November 4, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Current rating: 0.00 Stars/0 Votes

Barth Plans To Provide Bucs With Insurance At Kicker Position

Written by Jim
Jim Flynn


Former Editor-in-Chief E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Kicker Connor Barth impressed the Bucs with his workout Tuesday, which prompted the team to sign him and release Shane Andrus. Now Barth, who previously played with Miami and Kansas City, is focused on capitalizing on the opportunity.
They say the third time is the charm. The Bucs are hoping that expression applies to their kicker position.

Tampa Bay's 2009 season isn't even halfway over, and the Bucs are already on their third kicker, having parted ways with Mike Nugent and Shane Andrus since the start of the regular season. Tampa Bay also released veteran K Matt Bryant immediately after the preseason concluded.

The Bucs, who have made just two field goals through seven games, had serious concerns about Andrus' ability to solidify the kicker position. He struggled on kickoffs and was 0-of-1 on field goal attempts, which prompted Tampa Bay to audition kickers on Tuesday.

Connor Barth impressed the Bucs in his workout. He displayed a strong and accurate leg in windy conditions at One Buccaneer Place. That showing convinced the Bucs to make a move, signing Barth and releasing Andrus.

"You can't control anything else, so you just take it one kick at a time," Barth said of the windy conditions he kicked in Tuesday. "I was fortunate to land this opportunity and I plan to take full advantage of it."

Like the Bucs, Barth, a 2008 undrafted free agent out of North Carolina, also hopes the third time, or in this case, team is the charm. He previously kicked for the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.

Barth, 23, is 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) on his field goal attempts in the NFL. He has a long of 45, but believes he is a reliable kicker from beyond 50 yards.

"I feel comfortable hitting every time from 53 yards or in," said Barth. "But if we had to go out to 60 I could probably put it through."

Since being released by Miami on July 28, Barth has worked on improving his leg strength and added five pounds of muscle while working with former coaches and teammates at North Carolina.

Although he still hoped to play in the NFL again, Barth planned for life after football by earning his insurance license.

Barth hopes to provide the Bucs with the insurance they desperately need at the kicker position.

"My plan is to come in here and do my job and help this team win," said Barth. "You just have to go out and take it one kick at a time and enjoy it. The NFL is a business and you have to go out and enjoy it. I'm excited about the opportunity and plan to make the most of it."


Only registered users can rate articles!


Only registered users can write comments!
  • Blog

  • Articles

  • Around the Web

more RSS feed
moreRSS feed


View Magazine Front
Pewter Prospect: DE Jadeveon Clowney Pewter Prospect: DE Jadeveon Clowney Do the Buccaneers need an impact pass-rushing defensive end? Why would South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney be an ideal fit in Tampa Bay? Find out in this Pewter Prospect article.
Missed an Issue? Archive
View Magazine Front


What two guards should start for the Buccaneers?

Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hide Tools Show Tools