Despite all the excitement after Tampa Bay’s solid preseason victory over the Bengals on Monday night, the Bucs special teams have left much to be desired in the team’s first two preseason games. Earlier on Wednesday, the Bucs signed punter Jacob Schum to add competition to an underperforming room, and then late in the evening the team brought back a familiar face in Connor Barth, who had been released by the Broncos earlier in the day.
K Patrick Murray – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Incumbent placekicker Patrick Murray, who, coincidentally beat out Barth for the position last preseason, has struggled through two games, missing a 42-yard field goal attempt against the Vikings, then on Monday night missing an extra point and a 50-harder as well. Murray did make a 53-yarder earlier in the Bengals game.
Barth was released last preseason by Tampa Bay and wasn’t signed until November 25 by Denver, where he went onto make 15-of-16 attempts in the Mile High City.
Virginia born but North Carolina raised, Barth entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent and spent time in Kansas City and Miami before finding a home in Tampa Bay in 2009 where the former Tar Heel set franchise records for field goal percentage (92.9 percent), and mot consecutive field goals made (25) in 2011.
For his career, Barth has made 116 of 136 attempts and all 134 extra point attempts.
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okay???? I’m not sure if I would be adding an additional place kicker until after Saturday’s game. I understand why we did the punter.
So nobody else claims him first.
if our kicker sucks why wait? put him on the spot right now and make him earn it. waiting to sign barth doesnt do anything.
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This is a great signing!!!! I never understood how Patrick Murray was an upgrade. No offense to Murray.
Murray had a solid year- if the line actually blocked people, he could’ve made a couple more. I liked Barth as well,but not sure I understand this-
Competition is good?
It might be useful to know that Barth agreed to terms on a deal with the Buccaneers that is for two years at a maximum value of $2.75 million. That might say how much of a competition this is really going to be!
Murray’s salary for 3 years is only $1.53 (avg. salary $510,00).
Good signing and a real upgrade.
He does yoga while on a paddleboard,so he can’t be all bad.
From what I remember it was never about Murray being an upgrade he was simply cheaper and they thought he would be good enough with maybe stronger leg? That’s what I thought anyways. Glad Barth is back. His percentage was so high just don’t understand why nobody else wanted him? Hope he doesn’t have some kind of injury still. I remember the basketball thing. How dumb to risk your career.
I’m sure a few teams wanted him. Bucs just fortunate enough to be #1 on the waiver wire right now… They have first right of refusal to EVERY player another team releases.
Welcome back Barth. One of my favorite kickers since Automatica… I wish you the best of health and hope your kicking is on point.
Good, I didn’t like that they got rid of him in the first place.
The kicking game has to be one of consistency. If you miss SOME from outside of the 50, I can forgive that, but you better make just about everything else and Murray worries me this year, so this is a good signing at least to restore competition and focus.
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