Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Rian Lindell (4) kicks a 50-yard field goal during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins won 30-12. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Name Starting Kicker: Rian Lindell

The moment Connor Barth went out for the year, the battle for the starting kicking job was on. However, its evolved quite a bit since the Barth news.

The Buccaneers went out and signed Lawrence Tynes to compete with rookie Derek Dimke. However, Tynes was taken out of the running when he came down with a staff infection.

So it seemed to be Dimke’s job. That was until Rian Lindell was released from Buffalo. The Bucs brought him in, and with a little help the rookie’s preseason follies, Lindell has won the job.

Lindell is a veteran who’s seen it all. He’s a career 81% kicker but he’s been far better over the past two seasons making about 87% of his attempts.

Lindell does not have the long distance range that Barth brought, but he’s accurate and reliable. He also has missed just one extra point in his career, something Dimke did just last week.

The Buccaneers are fortunate Lindell was let go, because otherwise the kicker position would have been a giant question mark. Now, I wouldn’t consider it a strength, but Lindell is certainly a reliable option.

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