The Bucs have claimed kicker Elliott Fry off of waivers, following Fry being waived by the Carolina Panthers.

After participating in rookie minicamp with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017, Fry played with the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of the American Football, converting all 14 of his field goal attempts, and spent time with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens prior to the 2019 season before signing a futures contract with the Carolina Panthers in December.

Fry will compete in training camp with Tampa Bay’s fifth-round draft pick in 2019, Matt Gay. With two game-winning kicks in his rookie preseason, Gay converted 77.1 percent of his field goals and 89.6 percent of his extra points last season with crucial missed kicks in losing efforts against Atlanta and the New York Giants.

Tampa Bay has had a new starting kicker for Week 1 in each of the past eight seasons.

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Dave
1 year ago

Damn. The Jags signed Chris Thompson. Ugh. I really wanted us to grab him

Makski13
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Way too injury prone for me. Always hurt

Dave
Reply to  Makski13
1 year ago

He is. Agree. But for a cheap 3rd down back, the cost is minimal. we just wanted him for 3rd downs and passing plays. I love Thompson and think he’d be a home run with Brady.

flichter
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

we already *have* a cheap 3rd down passing RB lol and we just drafted 2 more who could very well fill that role but you wanna waste money on an oft-injured and aging RB? There’s a reason he was signed by the Jags and not a winning organization. But I’m sure it’ll make you happy that other veteran running backs with injury histories, who have clearly lost a step are still available. guys like Devonta Freeman, who I’m sure plenty of teams are kicking the tires on, to see just how much he can offer at this point physically. Wouldn’t… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  flichter
1 year ago

Ok let me rephrase. I was hoping to get a GOOD, cheap, pass catching back. We drafted 2 more? We drafted 2 RB’s, yes. Neither are considered good pass catching backs. And no I don’t want Freeman, Hyde, or any other mediocre RB left. Just wanted Thompson seeing as the draft came and went and we didn’t address a good pass catching back for Brady. Thompson would have been a great fit. Especially since he clearly hasn’t lost a step. Not as a pass catcher anyways

owlykat
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Our Vanderbilt Back is a pass catching back so we don’t need another one!

Dave
Reply to  owlykat
1 year ago

He had 66 rec in 46 career games. That’s good for a 16 game pace of 23 rec. Sorry man, but nothing about those stats says we filled our pass catching back void. Not saying he’s incapable of catching or even bad at catching. But clearly, it’s not a strength. Never was in college. At best, we’re just hoping he’s a good enough pass catcher to be better than Dare. And even that’s a 50/50 at best. Like the kid, I think he’s very underrated. But by no means did we solve our pass catching back void

Ranger
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

You’re getting slaughtered I see but I agree Dave, would have been a great signing depending on what the price tag was with the Jags

Dave
Reply to  Ranger
1 year ago

Ehh I could care less. I don’t ever post stuff looking for likes lol. Not saying he’s some elite RB, or would be our new 3 down back. He just fits a specific role that we need, and fits it well at a cheap cost. No more, no less. I think the best days of his career are ahead of him, not behind him. He has only 400 career touches, and has constantly played on a mediocre offense. I think if he could stay healthy, at a cheap cost, would be the best, non 1 dimensional, pass catching back we… Read more »

geno711
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

If it was Chris Thompson from 2017 sure. Was there any other year where he was anything but just a guy

Also, I am not sure that I would rate the current 29 year old Chris Thompson over the current 28 year old DeVonta Freeman although I do not think there is that much difference either.

Dave
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