According to The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Bucs have brought back rookie kicker Jose Borregales to the practice squad on Tuesday after he passed through waivers unclaimed.

Borregales impressed during training camp, barely missing a kick while knocking in field goals from 50 and even 60 yards out. With the Bucs kicking woes over the years, it’s not much of a surprise that fans would be attracted to the strong-legged former Lou Groza winner.

Clearly hoping to keep Borregales, the team displayed some gamesmanship by waiting until the Monday of Week 1 to waive him. With the threat of COVID, Bruce Arians will again keep a kicker on the practice squad. Last season the Bucs stashed Greg Joseph on the practice squad all season, protecting him every week.

Speaking of protections on the practice squad, the Bucs have announced which players they will protect for Week 1.

This week the team has chosen to protect safety Andrew Adams, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, tackle Brandon Walton and tight end Deon Yelder.

Each week every team can protect up to four players from the practice squad. This keeps other teams from being able to sign away those protected players. Protection starts on Tuesday and runs until after each team’s game that week until the following Tuesday. Unprotected players can choose to sign with another team’s active roster at any time, while protected players may only do so once their protection is up each week.

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1 month ago

I wish they had protected the kicker but still, if anyone claims him they have to put him on thier active roster right away without trying him out.

1 month ago

That is very good news. Two very capable kickers

1 month ago

Shows what Ryan Griffen means to the rest of the league.

Pete Wood
1 month ago

Damn. I think our practice squad could beat some nfl teams. Bucs are stacked this year.

Reply to  Pete Wood
1 month ago

You need help.

1 month ago

The Bucs tweet says “We will use all four of our practice squad protection options this week.” Is there a reason why a team would not choose to protect the maximum 4 players each week?

BucFan circa76
Reply to  Virtual_Camel
1 month ago

I wondered the same thing……