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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…

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Tampa Bay Bucs give the boot to wayward placekicker Kyle Brindza

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The Kyle Brindza era for the Tampa Bay Bucs lasted two games. The wayward kicker was released Monday. In the last two weeks, Brindza had missed five field goals and two extra points for Tampa Bay. The Bucs had traded for the rights to Brindza during the preseason, sending tight end Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions for his rights. Brindza showed plenty of leg – he hit a 58-yarder against Houston – but his accuracy was sketchy. In all,…

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Bucs coach Lovie Smith says he still believes in his kicker

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Tampa Bay Bucs’ placekicker Kyle Brindza is tied for 29th in the NFL when it comes to accuracy, but head coach Lovie Smith says he still has confidence in him going into this week’s game against Carolina. “He’s responded well,” Smith said. “When you have a game like that you go out to the practice field and you start trying to get it through the goal posts. In practice he’s hit every one this week. That’s about all you can…

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Despite most recent defeat, coach Lovie Smith says Bucs are getting better

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Lovie Smith says his ballclub is getting better. The Bucs are 1-2, and they were beaten by Houston on Sunday, but Smith swears he can see an upturn in his team’s performance. “Our ball club is getting better,” Smith said Monday. “I know the record isn’t showing that right now, but that is going to change. Talking about yesterday though, offensively, the offensive line played well and it was a good front we were playing against. The offensive line played…

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Kicker, receivers lead suspects in latest Bucs’ defeat

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Blame the kicker, if you want. How could you help it? After all, Greg Brindza was wide on seven points when the game was winnable, so it’s a logical place to start with the Bucs’ latest defeat. It is one thing to kick the second-longest field goal in team history, but kicking is a job judged first by the straightness of it. Blame the drops, if you prefer. You couldn’t look away from them. The Bucs’ wide receivers batted down…

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Bucs trade Tim Wright again, bring in another place-kicker

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The Tampa Bay Bucs continue to look for kicking help. Only days after re-adding kicker Connor Barth to the team roster, the Bucs acquired rookie kicker Kyle Brindza, a former Notre Dame kicker, in a trade for tight end Tim Wright. The Bucs had traded Wright to the New England Patriots in the trade for guard Logan Mankins last year but reclaimed him when the Patriots released him. Brindza finished his career at Notre Dame as the school’s leader in…

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