Punters don’t command a lot of attention – especially when they’re on their game – but a good one can really be a weapon for a team. On Wednesday, as coach Dirk Koetter said after the game, Bryan Anger was among the few highlights for Tampa Bay in the preseason finale against Washington.
Bucs punter Bryan Anger averaged 47.6 yards punting on Wednesday – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
After winning the job last week, Anger, a former third-round pick by Jacksonville in 2012, didn’t do anything to make the team regret their decision. Of his eight punts, three of them flipped the field by going over 50 yards and he finished with a net average of over 45 yards, consistent with his entire preseason effort.
And consistency – in all weather conditions – is what makes a great punter.
“That’s when you have to break it down to really good technique and keep your eye on consistency, the drop and the swing,” Anger said after the game. “It’s just the technical stuff and practicing with a wet ball. I struck it pretty well tonight so I was happy.”
The fifth-year pro said the competition between he and Jacob Schum, who averaged a net average of 39 yards in three games, made both punters better.
“It was very good to have Jake to compete against,” Anger said. “He has a really good leg, so to have that extra competition, we don’t get that throughout the year. You rely just on yourself and make sure you’re doing the right things, so to have a little extra push helped out a ton.”
In the end, Anger did what he “came (to Tampa Bay) to do,” by showing that he can get the Bucs out of a jam or pin the opponent deep. He has all the confidence that he’ll continue to be reliable in the regular season.
“I think it’s going to be a good year,” he said. “I feel really good where I’m at right now, consistency-wise. Things are flowing well.” If the starting offense ever has a day like the second- and third-teamers did Wednesday night, they’ll need Anger to bail them out.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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