Bucs kicker Ryan Succop was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after a perfect outing in Sunday’s 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Succop connected on all five extra points and made all three of his field goals for a total of 14 points to help Tampa Bay improve to 11-5 and secure the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs. He becomes the first player in Buccaneers history to secure the special teams award twice in the same season, also taking the honor in Week 8.
Succop’s eight kicks tied with Buffalo Bills’ kicker Tyler Bass for the most made in Week 17, while his 14 points tied for the most by an NFC kicker. Succop became the third kicker in franchise history to attempt eight-or-more kicks in a game without a miss.
Succop bounced back after a rough outing the week prior in Detroit where he missed two extra points and a field goal in Tampa Bay’s 47-7 victory. Thanks to his great performance on Sunday in the 2020 regular season finale, Succop broke Matt Bryant’s franchise record of 131 points (set in 2008) in a single season with 136 points. The 34-year old Succop, who is in his first season in Tampa Bay, has made 28-of-31 field goals (90.3) and 52-of-57 (91.2) extra points this season.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com