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August 20, 2013 @ 10:21 pm
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Bucs Add Former Bills Kicker Lindell

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The Bucs lost incumbent placekicker Connor Barth in July with an Achilles injury and thought they had found a replacement in former Giant Lawrence Tynes. But with Tynes sidelined with a toe injury the Buccaneers added former Bills kicker Rian Lindell late Tuesday PewterReport.com has confirmed.
While Tampa Bay placekicker Derek Dimke has performed well as Connor Barth’s replacement since Barth was lost for the season with an Achilles injury, the Bucs may not be comfortable heading into 2013 with a first-year kicker lined up to hit a potential game-winning last-second field goal this season.

PewterReport.com can confirm an earlier report from FOXSports 1's Alex Marvez the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added former Bills kicker Rian Lindell.

After Barth’s injury the Buccaneers signed former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, but Tynes has yet to see any preseason action after suffering a toe injury early in camp. Tynes inability to perform drew the ire of Bucs head coach Greg Schiano on Tuesday.

Sure, it is having an impact on a lot of things,” Schiano said. “We have one kicker in camp, basically, for the entire camp. So he has been doing all the kicking. Now his leg is getting tired as well. Yeah, we’re bringing guys in. I’m not sure what day it is.”

That day apparently was Tuesday.

According to the Buffalo Bills website Lindell was signed in 2003 as a free agent, Lindell is the most accurate kicker in team annals from inside 20 yards (100% T-1st). He also ranks first from between 20-29 yards (95.5%), between 30-39 yards (92.4%), third from between 40-49 yards (68.4%) and first all-time from 50 yards plus (52.5%).

Had Lindell made the team for the 2013 season he would’ve likely set the team’s all-time scoring record. With 980 career points with the Bills, he needed just 32 to surpass the team’s all-time leading scorer Steve Christie (1,011).


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    I say how about Tampa keeping both KG kickers,Can the new FG kicker kickoff also GO BUCS
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    @buctebow...Nice humor !! We need a good DE.
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    Schiano, I didn't say to sign a field goal kicker, I said sign a DE that is an @sskicker!
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    Mark, I used to play rugby twice a week. I ran, passed blah blah and took all the kicks. That is, kickoffs, kicks in the field of play, the penalties (field goals) and conversions (extra points). Our season was 4-6 months long, never did I think my "leg was tired". What exactly are these kickers doing to make their "leg tired?" The TC summaries usually mention they have about 3 kicks at the end of practice.
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    Giving kickers rest? Now I've heard it all. This preseason has been the oddest that I can remember. The starters get 4-6 plays then they're pulled. The backup QB gets a ton of playing time. The kickers get rest because they're afraid to getting too much "work" even though the job is being filled by two players for field goals and for kick offs. Give me a break. Kickers don't need "rest".
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    Steve Christie- I remember him. I think he was with us for 2 years..still never figured out why we let him go.
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    Well, I'm glad Dominik and Schiano have responded by bringing in a kicker to give Dimke some rest. Why didn't they release Tynes when they signed Lindell? Also, where are the new FB's?
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    Glad that Dimke gets some kicking rest. I believe he has earned his keep. Tynes needs to get his foot healed; he will probably be ready in a couple months to go play for another team, or we could bring him back if Dimke has problems.
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    Glad the Bucs are concentrating on their priorities by signing their third placekicker.
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    So from 40 yards in he's money, but from 40 yards out it's not much better than a coin toss...that's not great really....I still think Dimke is our guy!...I mean how much worse under pressure could he be than those stats, when under "no" pressure he's been fantsatic all the way out to 50 yards.
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