The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started their initial roster cuts by releasing Jacob Schum, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The punter was competing with Bryan Anger for a roster spot, and soundly lost that battle. Schum doesn’t really have the leg to be a competent NFL punter, and he produced one of the worst net(41.9) and gross (38.0) punting averages in the league last year. Schum averaged 39.9 yards per punt this preseason.
Meanwhile, Anger is a former third-round pick with a big leg who averaged 47 gross yards per punt over his four-year career, and 40.5 yards net. He averaged a whopping 49.2 yards per punt this preseason, so him winning this punting battle isn’t exactly a surprise. Hopefully, the Bucs will finally have a decent punting game, after years of mediocrity at the position.
The Bucs have to cut 13 more players before Tuesday, August 30 to get below the 75-man roster limit.