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Bucs turn to familiar face, hope Connor Barth can end their kicking woes

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In the end, straight is better than long.

And so Connor Barth returns to the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Barth, 29, was signed Tuesday afternoon to be the team’s placekicker, replacing rookie Kyle Brindza. Brindza won the job in training camp, primarily because he has a stronger leg than Barth. But leg strengh doesn’t help if it doesn’t go through the uprights. Brindza was only six of 12 with two missed extra points.

All of which led to the return of Barth, who spent five seasons with the Bucs and hit 91 out of 108 field goal attempts. Barth has also kicked with Kansas City and Denver, and in all, has hit on 116 of 136 of his field goals. He’s missed just four times (63 of 67) with trying from a distance shorter than 40 yards.

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