Chandler Catanzaro’s Buccaneers career is all but over
Catanzaro signed a 3-year, $9.75 million contract with the Buccaneers this past offseason. Tampa Bay has an out after this season, but Catanzaro won’t be around for much longer.
Catanzaro shanked a pair of field goals against the Redskins, and the Buccaneers faithful serenaded him with boos.
On the season, Catanzaro has nailed 78.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 85.2 percent of his extra points. His numbers are unacceptable. Tampa Bay needs to find a more reliable option.
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Catanzaro isn’t a long-term solution to the decade-long kicking issues. Next.
Best defensive performance in 2018
Before this game, the Bucs opponents dominated in the first half of every ball game.
Something clicked on Sunday. The defense allowed just six first-half points. It helped keep Tampa Bay in the game, despite the offenses slow start.
The Redskins ran effectively, 116 yards on 25 carries, but the Buccaneers limited Alex Smith to 178 yards through the air.
Tampa Bay didn’t dominate up front as many expected. The Redskins were without the services of multiple offensive linemen, but the Bucs did get enough pressure to limit plays downfield.
There is still plenty of work to do on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the turnover category. But surrendering just 16 points is a victory for this unit.