It’s been a long miserable road for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when it comes to dealing with kickers.
The Buccaneers, ever since they didn’t bring Matt Bryant back after the 2008 season have been nothing short of cursed. No, seriously, it’s been a complete travesty that many fans can’t stand to watch anymore.
Since 2008, Tampa Bay has had close to a dozen kickers attempt a field goal for them during a regular season game and that number continues to grow, what seems to be by the week in the regular season.
When the team drafted Roberto Aguayo, who was the most accurate field goal kicker in the history of College Football, many thought that the problem might have been solved, but it just turned out to be another disaster at the position.
If you told Buccaneers fans that they would be drafting another kicker in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they probably would have exploded on the spot. However, it did indeed happen and now Matt Gay is next in line. Gay will be battling Cairo Santos throughout the summer to see who wins the job come the fall.
You often times see teams challenge their field goal kickers during these off-season practices. Usually the stipulation is that if they make a long range field goal practice will be cut short and players will get an early start to the weekend. Bruce Arians decided to have a little fun on Friday and challenge his fifth-round selection.
HC Bruce Arians put pressure on kicker Matt Gay today, lining him up for a 50-yarder which, if made, would end practice an hour early. The rookie drilled it.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) May 31, 2019
All Buccaneers fans can do is hope and pray that Matt Gay is the answer, but to drill a 50-yarder in front of 90+ players who want to get out of the heat is a good start to his Buccaneers career.