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October 12, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
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Bucs Cut P Chris Bryan, Sign P Malone

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The punter carousel continues for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As first reported by ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, the Bucs have cut punter Chris Bryan. Bryan was averaging an NFL worst 37.4 yards per punt with a net average of 34.3. The Bucs signed Bryan at the end of the preseason after he was cut by Green Bay. He had a long punt of 57 yards with seven punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

On Tuesday, the Bucs worked out Brent Bowden, T.J. Conley, and Robert Malone. Bowden was a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and has spent time on both the active roster and the practice squad.

Wednesday morning the team signed Malone. He first entered the NFL in 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State. In his senior collegiate season he averaged 45.2 yards per punt with 17 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also had 15 punts of over 50 yards. In his collegiate career he punted 120 times for 5,117 yards with 42.6 average and 44 punts downed inside the 20.

The Buccaneers also made a change on their practice squad cutting linebacker J.D. Folsom and signing linebacker Mike Balogun. He was previously on the Washington Redskins practice squad after entering the NFL this past April as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. Balogun played collegiately at Oklahoma.

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    The Bucs had their hearts set on Zoltan Mesko in the draft, but the Patriots leapfrogged us. Damn shame, because Mesko has been doing well. Oh well, Malone can't be much worse than Bryan, can he? Famous last words.
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    Thanks 1bucfanjeff for the added info. I feel like in the end Dominik solved the quicking problem with Conner Barth last year. I hope he can pull off another steal with the punting problem.
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    You're welcome. What concerns me is the holds on kicks. Conner Barth is only good if the hold is good. We already have sh!tty punting, no place to go but UP in that regard.
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    You may still be saying it.
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    Sneaky. They updated this article instead of creating another one to announce the signing of a new punter.
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    Per CBSSports.com on the new punter - Overview An intriguing prospect with good size, athleticism, leg-strength and a penchant for making some of his most impressive kicks in critical situations, Malone is a rising name on scouts' lists. Recruited for his general athletic ability, Malone played tight end and defensive end in high school in addition to being the team's punter. He battled injury and inconsistency his first two years with the program, but emerged as one of the WAC's best young punters in 2008, averaging 42.8 yards per punt and placing 20 kicks inside his opponents' 20-yard line (against only five touchbacks). Malone worked on his leg strength during the offseason and it showed. He improved his average distance to 45.9 yards, which would have ranked second in the entire country had he been eligible. Because Malone, Fresno's only punter of record in 2009, only averaged 3.4 punts per game for the season, rather than the NCAA-required 3.6, he did not earn the national acclaim of some of his peers. WAC coaches still voted him to the all-conference team and he was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Analysis Positives: Two-step, right-footed punter. Catches ball quickly, showing good lateral agility and jumping ability to handle the poor snap, and gets the kick off efficiently. Has had only one blocked during his career. Good explosion off his foot. Can drive the ball deep to help his team win the field position battle. Has a long of 74 yards for his career and 27 punts of 50-plus yards over the past two seasons. Good size and relative athletic ability to provide a last line of defense against punt returns. Willing to compete; has three tackles over his past two seasons. Reliable holder for PATs and field goals. Negatives: Ball height remains a concern, although he improved in this area as a senior. Out-kicks coverage too often. Only forced 13 fair catches over the past two seasons.
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    Punting was a big problem Sunday. I told my son after being at the game we had to do better. Their punting put us in the hole a couple times but ours was pretty bad. He did make a great save on the feild goal though. I watched it yesterday (I was in the end zone so I was sheilded from the hold) and it was a great play. Too bad he hasn't panned out. I don't care who they go with as long as he can catch the snap, punt and hold. Great comeback, great game, made the drive home MUCH, MUCH better. It was amazing to here the fans boo Carson when they annouced he passed the 20,000 yard mark, I was like damn, tough place to be a QB. LOL GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Go with Bowden again..he can hold for Barth.
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    The Australian Rules football player shouldn't even be called a punter. He was on the top of my "Most Disappointing Player" list but didn't even make the Pewter Report list at all. I say bring back Mark Royals who gets on the radio each week claiming he still has a better leg than either of they "punters" that passed through. Let's see Mark. My daughter once dated ex-punter Tommy Barnhardt. When she was going to introduce him to us she instructed me not to talk about football. I told her I would pretend to know nothing about it. When we met I asked Tommy what he did for a living, to which he replied, "I'm a football player". I responded by saying, "Oh, I thought you were a punter."
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    LMAO - That's funny.
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    What up Wolf?do we have a card ,we don't know about???
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    Our new punter had better be a stellar holder as well. Bryan picked that ball up off the ground for the gamewinner Sunday.
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    yeah its Lewis's fault that the punting has been subpar. I am amazed by the crap floating in peoples heads
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    I thought that the Bowden kid would work out being that he is young, should have some pop in his leg, and PR mentioned how accurate he is. Well it appears that he is none of those things and next draft we cannot wait until the 6th and let someone else snatch up our targeted player. I hope that Myron Lewis pans out because he ruined our board, I scratched my head at that selection but I trusted Morris. I am still trusting but I haven't seen anything from Lewis...not even special teams!
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    I kept saying "we need a punter"
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