Buccaneers: Ryan Succop a huge part of the 2021 team
By Rob Leeds
Ryan Succop was a massively underrated part of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl success in 2020 and he will need to maintain this success in 2021.
If you asked someone to give you their MVP for the Buccaneers in 2020, names like Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Lavonte David, and Devin White are the first ones to pop out. In reality, Ryan Succop’s name probably belonged in that list.
The life of a kicker is not a glamorous one. The life for a kicker in Tampa, especially over the course of the last few years has been especially bad. Names like Matt Gay and Roberto Aguayo will live in infamy in Buccaneers history forever and most fans can likely think of a few games that they lost on their own. All of these losses were not on special teams, but the kicking was still abysmal.
When the Bucs decided to move on from their 5th round pick for a free agent, the expectations weren’t crazy high from Succop from the start, but he was able to prove that he was everything the Buccaneers needed and more. The kicking was one of the best parts of an already great team and it is starting to feel like the woes of old are coming to an end.
Now, the onus is on Succop to prove that last year was not a fluke and that means still playing at a top five level this year. This is certainly within the realm of possibility, but the inconsistencies with this team in the past cause most fans to be skeptical.
After averaging 90% on field goals in 2020 this will be a hard mark to beat, but not impossible. Succop averaged higher than that once already in his career and with his current team and setup, all signs point to a continuation in his success this year.
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