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Buccaneers sign meager competition for Roberto Aguayo

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made good on their promise to add some competition for Roberto Aguayo by signing John Lunsford, a kicker who entered the league in 2015 out of Liberty University, of all places, and has yet to play in an NFL game.

The Bucs’ new kicker spent the past offseason with the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted, and attempted and made two extra points in preseason, in addition to performing a few booming kickoffs. He did not get any field goal attempts, though.

Lunsford has a strong leg but struggled with accuracy throughout his college career, making just 13 of 24 kicks in 2015, per He is pretty solid at long-range kicks, though, making 12 50+-yarders of his career. Perhaps not coincidentally, Roberto Aguayo has almost exclusively struggled with long-range kicks.

As competition for kickers goes, this is a pretty weak overall effort. He might push Aguayo a little, but I’d be shocked if Lunsford came even close to unseating the Bucs’ 2016 second-round pick, despite a lackluster season on Aguayo’s part.

The Bucs also signed tight end Kivon Cartwright to a futures contract. Cartwright has spent most of the offseason with the Bucs after going undrafted, but was waived with an injury in final cuts.