Well, that didn’t take long. Four games into the season and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet another new kicker. This time it’s Patrick Murray, who won today’s kicking tryouts according to his agents.
Presumably, this means the Bucs are saying goodbye to Nick Folk. The veteran kicker beat out Roberto Aguayo in preseason, but managed to miss five field goals and two extra points in just four games. Whoopsydaisy. Folk was brought in as veteran competition for Roberto Aguayo, last year’s second-round pick (!) who is currently without a team because he couldn’t hack it, either.
The Bucs’ kicking curse is real, but hopefully Murray can bring some solidity. He was pretty good in 2014 with the Bucs, hitting every extra point and 83% of his field goals. He’s also pretty good at kickoffs, hitting them 66 yards into the end zone on average.
Since then, though, he hasn’t been able to get on the field regularly, in part due to injuries. He lost the kicking competition in New Orleans this year, and spent two games with the Cleveland Browns last season.
Here’s to hoping Murray fixes that kicking curse hanging over the Bucs.
Update: The Bucs announced they’ve placed Nick Folk on injured reserve. That’s eh....interesting.