The kicking for the Buccaneers was far from stellar in 2019, but even with some of Matt Gay‘s shortcomings, Elliott Fry is going to experience an uphill battle to make the final roster for the Bucs.
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Gay is the favorite to make the roster before the start of the season. There were some questionable moments during 2019, but Tampa Bay has already invested a lot in Gay and made this move to help build some confidence before the start of the season.
If Gay can beat out Fry under some presumed intense pressure during a training camp battle, Bruce Arians and the rest of the staff can go into the season with more confidence in their sophomore kicker.
Fry has bounced around the NFL and through different leagues after his college career, but he won’t go down without a fight. The Bucs wouldn’t have signed him if they didn’t see him as a potential option to bring an improvement during next season.
Regardless, as the established starting kicker, Matt Gay will probably receive more slack than Fry during the competition because it is easier to help a player improve rather than replacing them altogether.