Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Josh Bidwell dominated the first 13 games of the 2004 season before embarking on a three-game skid to end the season. But Bidwell seems content to leave his punting woes last year in the past as he started off the 2005 preseason with a stellar performance at Tennessee that earned him the PewterReport.com Most Valuable Player honors in the Bucs’ 20-17 overtime win against the Titans.
Bidwell averaged 56.7 yards on three first half punts, with two of those booming blasts inside the 20-yard line. The other punt was a 69-yard rocket that went into the end zone for a touchback. He also did a solid job of holding for kickers Todd France and Matt Bryant, who were 2-for-2 on their field goal attempts this evening.
Bidwell gave way to backup punter Brian Simnjanovski in the second half.
Bidwell was on a Pro Bowl pace for the first 13 games last year before a shaky performance down the stretch cost him a trip to Hawaii as well as a couple of Buccaneers records. Bidwell has admitted that he was disappointed in his finish last year, but seems poised for a great start this year.
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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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