Five Reasons the Buccaneers Have a Promising Future
By Bailey Adams
With the way things are changing in the game, the importance of special teams is at an all-time high. Tampa Bay has addressed that with the selection of former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the draft. As much as the pick has been criticized, how many teams out there are 100 percent confident in their kicker? Aguayo is arguably one of the best kickers in college football history, converting on 96.73 percent of his kicks, which is the best conversion rate in NCAA history.
The Bucs have gone through three kickers in the last two seasons, but will now have a new one that has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. The team also signed punter Bryan Anger, who was a third-round pick in 2012, this off-season to take over for Jacob Schum. Anger has averaged 46.8 yards per punt in his career, the second best mark in NFL history.
While it’s still unclear who will return kicks and punts this year, Tampa Bay has options in that area as well. Kenny Bell, Adam Humphries, Donteea Dye, Josh Robinson and Bernard Reedy have all taken reps so far in this week’s OTAs. The competition for that spot will likely lead into the preseason.
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The Bucs’ special teams unit has a new youth about it with talent all over, which should bode well for the team’s competitiveness in the near to distant future. Having a solid unit will surely benefit Tampa Bay as the need for a reliable group continues to grow around the league.
What are you most looking forward to in Tampa Bay’s future, Bucs’ fans? Let us know.