Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant is quickly making Buccaneers fans (and even the Buccaneers themselves) forget about Martin Gramatica, whose 60 percent field goal percentage over the past two seasons cost the Pewter Pirates several games. Bryant was a bright spot in Tampa Bay’s 14-12 loss to the New York Jets by making 4-of-4 field goals and accounting for all of the Buccaneers’ points.
His experience kicking in the Meadowlands with the New York Giants (2002-03) helped him navigate the swirling winds inside the stadium to connect on field goals of 35, 36, 43 and 30 yards in Tampa Bay’s first loss of the season. Unfortunately, Bryant did not get the opportunity to attempt a fifth field goal – a potential game-winner – as the Bucs’ final drive ended at the Jets’ 34 as time expired.
Bryant entered Sunday’s game at New York making 4-of-5 field goals (80 percent) on the season. He left the game by upping his field goal percentage to 88.8 percent by making 8-of-9 field goals this season
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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 protected]
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