Specialists (3)- Chandler Catanzaro, Bryan Anger, Drew Ferris
Special teams is one area where the Buccaneers don’t have much mystery. The revolving door at the kicker position has a new entry, though the team hopes he can provide some reliability. The latest kicker is Chandler Catanzaro. He spent time with the Cardinals and Jets before coming to Tampa, compiling a career field goal percentage of 84.4. Of course, the Bucs’ recent luck with kickers has been terrible. Roberto Aguayo was a disaster, as was Nick Folk. Patrick Murray came in midway through 2017 to stop the bleeding and did an admirable job. The Bucs must not have been too impressed, as they went out and signed Catanzaro in March.
Field position is an underrated aspect of the game. Murray wasn’t consistent enough on kickoffs, leaving many to be returnable. Catanzaro could be the answer to that problem, though there’s another specialist that is already a help in that area. Punter Bryan Anger is back for another year. The former third-rounder has been exceptional for Tampa Bay in the last two seasons, earning himself a nice contract extension after the 2016 season.
Drew Ferris, a product of the University of Florida, is the only longsnapper on the roster. That would presumably give him the job when fall rolls around, but there’s no telling who could potentially replace him in the coming months. As of now, he has the spot.
Well, there it is. It’s early, but there’s your post-draft 53-man roster projection. How do you think this team will fare in 2018? Will the Bucs surpass their 2017 win total? Will they get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007? Let us know what you think in the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook.