Buccaneers add veteran Ryan Succop as team battles inconsistency in kicking game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added another veteran to their kicking competition.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers signed former Tennessee Titan Ryan Succop to compete with Matt Gay, last year's starter. They released Elliott Fry.

The moves come after Fry missed two kicks, including an extra point, and Gay missed one kick in a Friday scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium.

"I'm looking for consistency on the 'gimmes,' " coach Bruce Arians said Sunday of the kicking in Friday's scrimmage. "We can't miss extra points. We can't give away easy points. Kicks inside the 30-yard line should be automatic. If you can make a 56 yarder, that's great. But, when we drive the ball down to the 10 and miss a field goal, there's nothing that tears a team more apart on offense than, 'Hey, we just took the ball down the field and we didn't get any points.'

"So, the 'gimmes' – who's the most consistent? If you can do that and still kick 56, 57, now you're All-Pro."

Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop (4) misses his first field goal attempt during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Succop is entering his 12th season in the NFL and spent the last six seasons with Tennessee. He previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs. Succop has played in 166 games and has converted on 236 of his 287 (82.2%) career field goal attempts. In 2018, his last full season as a starter, Succop completed 26 of 30 (86.7%) of his field goals.

He struggled significantly last season after rehabbing a knee injury in the offseason and started the season just 1 of 6 on field-goal attempts before he returned to the injured reserve.

Gay, who is entering his second season in Tampa, has battled inconsistency. He ranked in the bottom third in field goals (27 of 35; 77.1%) and extra points (43 of 48; 89.6%) among NFL placekickers last season.

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