The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have much to be thankful for this season, which has not gone the way they expected, at all. DeSean Jackson has been useful, but hasn’t been the gamebreaker they wanted. Jameis Winston is injured. Mike Evans is good, but didn’t take the next step. The defense is one of the most inconsistent in the NFL, if not exactly the worst, and even the kicking problem took months to get resolved.
But that’s what I’m thankful for right now: the fact that the Bucs finally have a reliable kicker again. Patrick Murray has been solid on kickoffs, but most importantly, he’s hit 10 of his 12 field goal attempts and all eight of his extra points.
After years of plodding at the position, that’s good to see. Connor Barth was once that guy, but an injury prevented him from being the long-term answer for the Bucs, and he hasn’t returned to form for any other team since. After him, the Bucs got into a veritable kicking curse, with not even spending a second-round pick on a kicker bringing relief. Who could’ve predicted that?
Anyway, that problem is solved now. I hope.