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Bucs sign punter Jacob Schum to practice squad

The Bucs add a punter to the practice squad, which probably means Michael Koenen's days in Tampa are numbered.

Cliff McBride

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be doing something about their disastrous punting situation: they've signed Jacob Schum to their practice squad. Schum was an undrafted free agent in 2010 who spent part of this past offseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While this doesn't signal the immediate replacement of Michael Koenen as the team's punter, the Bucs could call up Schum at any point this season. Koenen has been one of the worst punters in the NFL this season, at least statistically. He ranks last among all punters in both net and gross punting average. While Koenen has implied that his poor performance is due to his being asked to punt for hang time rather than distance, this strategy is backfiring: the Bucs have the second-worst punting performance in the NFL, per Football Outsiders.

Besides that, no team signs a punter to its practice squad if they're happy with their own punter. There's no point to it. Any other team can still sign that punter, so you're not protecting his availability. The only reason to have a punter on your practice squad is if you want to acclimate him to your team. So that probably means Koenen's days as a Buc are going to be over sooner rather than later.

The only downside to cutting Koenen at this point is that his salary is effectively guaranteed, because he's vested veteran who was on the roster during week one.